Bethany Hadfield, Billboards and Talismans, 2024


30.5 – 6.7 2024

Bethany Hadfield:Billboards and Talismans

3–5 Swallow Street

Bethany Hadfield:Billboards and Talismans

30.05 – 06.07.2024



Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm


3–5 Swallow Street

Huxley-Parlour are delighted to present Billboards and Talismans, Bethany Hadfield’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. For this exhibition, opening in our Swallow Street gallery in May, Hadfield has created 9 large-scale works on canvas that continue the artist’s exploration of the porous boundary between the digital and the physical.

Text as motif acts as a fixed position for this new body of work; both the exhibition’s eponymous objects – billboards and talismans – are characterised by a tension between the meaning and visual form of the text they contain. Hadfield considers the way motorway billboards are viewed in motion, how they act as speakers of desire, and the extent to which the visual qualities of their text – shape, colour, line – can take precedence over linguistic meaning in these transitory, fleeting glances.

Bethany Hadfield

B. United Kingdom1994

B. United Kingdom1994


Bethany Hadfield’s large-scale works on canvas explore multiplicities; undulating, self-replicating forms cover the surface of the paintings taking on their own agency. Using an open-source digital software, Hadfield translates these forms to her canvas in an attempt to manifest the immaterial, and to examine infinite possibilities of form. The artist’s work sits at the border between the digital and the real, highlighting the glitches and ruptures that predominate these networks and realms.

Hadfield received a BA in painting from Wimbledon College of Art in 2016 before graduating from the Royal College of Art with an MA in 2022. Her work has been shown in several group exhibitions in the United Kingdom. Hadfield lives and works in London.

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