Charles Hadcock was born in Derby in 1965. He studied at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design (1984-87) and at the Royal College of Art, London (1987-89). Charles Hadcock now lives and works in Preston.
Charles Hadcock has exhibited regularly in group shows since 1987, including solo exhibitions at 249 Long Lane, London (1991), the Crypt Gallery, London (1992) and Reeds Wharf Gallery, London (1996). His work can be seen at BAA Gatwick Stirling Hotel, Brighton Seafront, Melbourne Science Park, Cambridgeshire, ICI, and Allied Domecq.
Transformation and process play a major part in Charles Hadcock’s work. He often casts polystyrene packaging in bronze in order to repeat this consumer culture and highlight the inherent tautology to bronze-casting and our commodified world. In addition to this he casts and highlights nuts and bolts usually found in nineteenth century engineered bridges, which draws attention to this facade usually concealed and hidden from view. Hadcock gives the underside of his sculptures equal importance with the rest. Because of Hadcock's abiding interest in engineering and industrial processes, he prefers to work with industrial companies rather than fine art foundries. This is due to the anonymity factory made items permit and industrialist quality of cast iron only found in traditional utilitarian factories.