Stuart Haygarth is an artist and designer. He was born in Whalley, United Kingdom, in 1966. He graduated from the Exeter College of Art and Design in 1988. Haygarth began his career as a photographer and, as a result, light and environment have always played an integral part in his creative thinking. In 2003, he began to explore the third dimension through sculpture. His artistic influences include the use of everyday objects in surrealism and pop art.
Many of his works are part of permanent museum collections, including those of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York and the Design Museum in London. In the end, to Haygarth, the distinction between artist and designer matters little.
Each of his limited-edition works are precisely constructed and handmade. He bases his work on narratives, and each group of projects speaks to a single observation. With Sharp Project, created between 2003 and 2006, he appropriated objects confiscated from passengers boarding British Airways flights. His iconic Tide Chandelier, made in 2005, reused broken and rejected plastic objects that washed up on the beach.
Haygarth’s process follows a precise methodology: He collects and then classifies the pieces of a huge 3D puzzle based on choice and assembly. The material is then organized by color and function.