Throughout Paddy Hartley’s career, a constant theme of investigation in his work is the way in which the human body is changed, modified and reconfigured either by choice or circumstance. Addressing subjects such as steroid use in bodybuilding, the discourse between faith groups and biomedical research, the ethics of human cloning and conflict acquired injury. His work has taken the form of installation, ceramic, assembled objects, garment creation and modification and digital embroidery.

Paddy’s artistic enquiry focuses predominantly on how the face can be, and is transformed or manipulated both through deliberate and unintentional intervention and the way in which we subsequently respond to these changes. Most notably in the design and production of his ‘Face Corsets’, producing facial implants for clinical use and latterly his output for ‘Project Facade': Responding to the surgical and personal stories of facially injured WW1 servicemen.

Paddy's work has been exhibited and published widely and displayed in the permanent collections a number of museums in the UK and USA including the Wellcome Collection and The Museum of Arts and Design New York in addition to presenting at The Victoria & Albert Museum and Science Museum London amongst others. 

Most recently Paddy's Face Corset designs have featured under his brand name 'Patrick Ian Hartley' in a number of premiere fashion publications including AnOther Magazine, Vogue Italia/China/Germany/Turkey, V Magazine and W Magazine. His work has been shot by leading fashion photographers including Rankin, Tim Walker, Michelangelo Di Battista (for Noomi Rapace) and Nick Knight (for Lady Gaga). 

In parallel with his artistic practice, Paddy held the post of Curator at Brass Gallery Leeds for 10 years, presenting the work of new and established artists over 60 exhibitions. He also speaks as invited guest lecturer on his 20+ years in the creative industries at Colleges and Universities throughout the UK and delivers tuition in Photoshop and Illustrator to both private clients to students on his courses hosted by The Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

Paddy originates from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire and is a graduate of the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff with a Masters Degree in Sculpture and Ceramics. He is currently based in London’s East End and runs his practice from his studio base in London Bridge.

 To find out more about Paddy's artistic and fashion design practice, visit the In Conversation page.

Portrait by Catherine Day

2014 see's Paddy resume his 'Project Facade' work, responding to the life stories of facially injured WW1 servicemen beginning with a 6 month Artist in Residence post at Exeter University.

Throughout the 4 year period marking the centenary commemorations of WW1, Paddy will be working on a number of projects responding to and interpreting the stories of individuals and groups of servicemen who lived with the consequences of facial injury.