Aspects of the natural world, geology and engineering lie in combination within Charles Hadcock's work. Finding that the mathematical formulas for shapes observed within the natural world are often the source for solving engineering design problems, Hadcock incorporates these ideas into components for his sculptures. Thus, his direct observation of rocks becomes a source for the surface of his sculptures whilst mathematics comes to the fore in planning how a sculpture may be achieved with multiple castings of a single form. Hadcock prefers to work on his own sculpture rather than rely on production facilities so that the eye and hand of the artist are apparent in every work. 'Investigating Multiple', a solo exhibition in London at Reed's Wharf Gallery in 1996 followed the siting of 'Caesura IV' at Sculpture at Goodwood.
A 1999 exhibition of Hadcock's drawings and maquettes, 'If in doubt, ask', showed at London's Imperial College. 'There is 1 in all of us' was a collaboration with soundscape engineers at the Gardner Arts Centre, University of Sussex.
Hadcock was included in the 1999 exhibition of British sculptors 'Shape of the Century' at Salisbury Cathedral and Canary Wharf, which was followed by inclusion in 'Bronze: Contemporary British Sculpture', a group show to celebrate the millennium. Hadcock's bronze 'Caesura VI' was installed and remains in situ in Holland Park, London. Hadcock moved his studio from London to Lancashire when the scale of his work required additional space and facilities to enable its production.
Hadcock has produced commissions to brief, such as a monument to commemorate the film director James Whale, erected in 2001 on the grounds of a multiplex cinema in Whale's home town of Dudley, and the installation of a sculptural gate and railings around a development in Central London.
Hadcock's exhibiting programme continued with a solo show at Canary Wharf in 2003, followed by a second larger solo show in 2011. He exhibited in Sotheby's 'Beyond Limits' exhibition at Chatsworth House in 2011 and 2016, and in independent solo exhibitions in London in 2015 and 2016.
Text source: the artist