Kevin Laycock  



Born in 1962, Kevin Laycock lives and paints in Leeds. Since completing his MA at the Royal College of Art in London, he has exhibited widely throughout the UK, and since 2000 has been represented by Art First. He has been a Lecturer in Art and Design History and Practice at the University of Leeds since 2001. Previously he taught at the Chelsea School of Art and Design, the Glasgow School of Art and Loughborough University.

Laycock was concerned for many years with the inter-relationship between art and music. This interest culminated in Collision, a cross-disciplinary collaboration with composer Michael Berkeley CBE, which launched at Gallery Oldham and the Leeds Fuse Festival, and then toured to a number of venues in England and Ireland throughout 2009-13. Collision was the practice based element of Laycock’s doctoral research into The translation and interpretation of the structural elements of Michael Berkeley's musical compositions through painting and digital media (University of Leeds), which was completed in 2012.

Chaos and Roses, conceived in 2015, is Laycock’s first new collection of work since Collision. The geometric abstraction of the paint surfaces represents a deliberate move away from his earlier, more intuitive and expressionist work.

Curatorial Practice

2011 Hiraeth: Designing a Welsh Identity, Christopher Harris on-line gallery, Colour: Design and Creativity, Issue 6, ISSN: 1753 7223
2008 Essential Spirit by Jennifer Durrant on-line gallery, Colour: Design and Creativity and Society of Dyers and Colourists, Issue 2, ISSN: 1753 7223

Colouring Jousissance by Judith Cain (commentary by Jenny Tennant Jackson), on-line gallery, Colour: Design and Creativity and Society of Dyers and Colourists, Issue 2, ISSN: 1753 7223


1994 Be Original or Die, Photographic works by Madame Yevonde, Huddersfield Art Gallery
  Time Death and Judgement, Victorian Painting from the Kirklees Collection, Huddersfield Art Gallery

Exhibition Interpretation

2013 Love Stories: The Art of Romance, Passion & Heartbreak, Atkinson Galleries, Southport, Merseyside
1997 Robert Maciejuk, Huddersfield Art Gallery

Sound Pictures, art and music collaboration for the Orchestra of St. John, Smiths Square, London and Huddersfield Art Gallery

Lectures and other Public Events

2012 Collision, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, Michael Berkeley, Anthony Gritten and Mark Rowen-Hull

Collision, Leeds City Art Gallery, Michael Berkeley, Anthony Gritten and Kevin Laycock

2009 Fuseleeds09, Melt, Round Table Event: Collaboration
2005 Tectonics: Art/Music Synergies, Ferens Lecture Series, Hull University, Department of History of Art

Decoration and Craft in Contemporary British Painting, Contextual Studies Lecture Series, Loughborough University