British artist Terry Flaxton (b. 1953) worked with sound composition, photography and film, developing a particular interest in analogue video during the 1970s. He received a BA Hons in Communication Design in 1979 and spent over 30 years working as a cinematographer, which included shooting the third ever electronically captured movie with Channel 4 and the BFI’s Out of Order in 1986. His work today focuses on durational forms of the digital including sound, video, print and installation.
Since 1979, Flaxton has exhibited internationally, including Tokyo, Moscow, Xi’an, Milan, Algiers, Strasbourg and recently Florence, Dublin and New York (recent shows at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in NY attracted over 1.2 million visitors). His work has won various awards including both the Montbeliard and Locarno Prix Graphs and Prix Nike Amsterdam. Future shows include San Francisco, New York, Bristol, Milan, Bergen and Ljubljana amongst others.
Flaxton is a lifetime Academician at the Royal West of England Academy of Art; until recently he was Professor of Cinematography and Lens Based Arts at University of the West of England. In 2015 and 2016 he started CineFest, which next takes place in San Francisco in 2019 and is starting the Somerset International Festival of Media Art in 2020. He is widely recognised as an artist who creates challenging moving image work that has been featured in publications including A History of Video Art, Bloomsbury, 2006 and 2014; Diverse Practices, University of Luton Press, 1996; and A Directory of British Film and Video, Arts Council England, 1997. His works are held in various collections including Lux London, Video les Beaux Jours Strasbourg and AICE Milan. His 2008 work In Re Ansel Adams is in the permanent collections of the Harris Museum in Preston and the Royal West of England Academy of Art.