DAH represents a creative partnership between David and Anna Hiscock, an interdependent and constantly evolving practice which cuts across art, design, photography and craft.
Long standing practitioners in the arena of British fine art and design, in 2008 opportunities drew David and Anna towards Asia. South East Asia has become their current base with DAH Studio a crucible for exploring new forms of making, and expanding the scope of their work.
David Hiscock is best known for his groundbreaking and deeply influential work in manipulated photography, but his practice is also built on a strong foundation in sculpture and painting. A painter at the outset, he trained in conceptual sculpture at Central St Martin’s in the 1980s, and later on photography at the RCA, where he became an influential educator, helping to nurture a generation of prominent British photographic artists. His interest in and affinity with the photographic medium and its processes have interlocked with painterly and sculptural concerns to powerful effect. In the early 1990s he developed a series of works Transmutations using an improvised photo-finish camera, which allowed him to transect the photographic moment, creating extraordinary abstract, internal self-portraits. For the 1992 Barcelona Olympics he created a series of portraits as official Artist for Britain. His 1994 installation for the Egyptian Hall of the British Museum distilled a form of “contemporary hieroglyph”, or “Bar Code” from the Rosetta Stone. Concurrent to his personal artistic practice, he has also operated as a successful commercial photographer - see www.davidhiscock.com.
In recent years, David has been further exploring large-scale sculptures and reliefs in a range of raw and finished materials. Here, embedded in the rhythms and patterns of his three-dimensional physical forms can be found echoes of his photographic language – its abstractions, repetitions, and concepts of material construction.
Anna Hiscock originally trained in fashion in New Zealand (1989), relocating to London in 1992, where she studied photography at The University of Westminster (1994). Her early work centered on fashion design, extending to styling, prop making and wardrobe for theatre, film and photography, feeding both a passion for the quality and character of materials, and a heightened sense of visual drama.
Anna’s natural aesthetic intelligence is evidenced in her bold and exquisite work with jewellery design, as seen in her collections in costume and precious jewellery from 2005 to 2009, see – www.annahiscock.com. In 2009 she began working on sculptural furniture pieces, using her acutely tuned visual language to create objects of a unique maverick elegance.
As a studio, DAH allows room for the varied interests and approaches of two remarkable artists to come together in a spirit of collaboration, play and exploration. The outcome of the studio’s practice is accordingly wide-ranging, including large-scale public sculptures, photographic works, paintings, sculptural objects, interior design, furniture and architectural finishes and detailing.
David and Anna Hiscock are artists who rage against the machine. They share a respect for the life and character of materials, and the value of craft. They seek to create images, objects and projects that are personal, precious and resilient.