Haydn Cottam is a painter who trained at St Martins College of Art, London and since graduating has exhibited in Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Cardiff, Leicester, East Anglia, Cheltenham and Sussex. He shows at the Catto Gallery, Hampstead. Haydn has won painting prizes at the National Portrait and Mall Galleries and his work is part of the BBC archived National Art Collection.
He has taught as a senior lecturer on a BA course in Illustration for more than twenty years, where he was originally employed as a drawing tutor, but has also taught across a wide spectrum of disciplines, including commercial and live projects, animation, print, storyboarding and sequential image, puppetry and theatre design, performance, type and image, painting and 3D.
How would you describe your approach to teaching?
My approach to teaching has always been related to my own experience as a maker, and been informed by direct experience. I believe that technique can be taught and skill can be developed and nurtured.
What inspires your own work?
My work is often inspired by sensory and physical experiences. Landscape and elemental forces, as well as memory and the emotional connections between mind, body and place.