Born Te Awamutu, New Zealand 1973.
Lives and works Sydney.
Hayden Fowler is a New Zealand born Artist, based in Sydney. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of New South Wales Art & Design (formerly COFA) in Sydney, as well as an earlier degree in Biology.
Fowler’s methodology involves the construction of elaborate sets in which he choreographs human and animal subjects, creating hyper-real video, photographic, installation and performance work from within these fictional spaces.
His practice is motivated by the global human-nature crisis, widely acknowledged to be at a point of no return. He is particularly concerned with the effect of lost natures on the human psyche, culture, and qualitative experience, and his ideas relate the destruction of the environment to the degradation of culture and denaturing of humanity. His work and research explore the historical influences leading to this moment, as well as the varied projections of possible future outcomes.
Fowler has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work is held in a number of public and private collections including; the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the Dunedin Public Art Museum, Dubbo Regional Art Gallery and Artbank.
In recent years, Fowler’s work has been curated into a number of significant institutional exhibitions including: Precarious Nature, at the Centre of Contemporary Art (CoCA), Christchurch, New Zealand; New Romance: Art and the Posthuman, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia; New Romance: Art from Australia and Korea at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea; Light Moves, National Gallery of Australia Collection touring video exhibition.
He is a previous recipient of the Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, undertaking his year of study abroad at the Universitat der Kunst in Berlin, Germany.
In 2017 Hayden Fowler was commissioned to create a new installation work by the New Landscapes Institute which is currently touring regional galleries around Australia as part of The Long Paddock.