Known for his intricate and harmonious work, Hayes will present 8 new, large-scale paintings from his on-going ‘Color Array’ series, displaying the artist’s use of paint drops arranged in systematic succession to create multi-hued, geometric formations. The exhibition will also see the artist further his exploration of color interactions through his new, diamond-shaped pattern. At first sight, Hayes’ paintings may seem woven from fabric or constructed of glass mosaics; such an effect is created by his meticulous technique of individually dripping small, jewel-like globes of swirling, colored acrylic paint into the cells of a hand-drawn 1/4 inch grid. This process reveals the paint's natural ability to freely form shapes and patterns on the surface of the canvas, highlighting the multitude of intentional and unintentional color interactions. While Hayes laboriously uses paint to create a multi-dimensional space and kaleidoscopic-like texture that challenges the viewer's perception, his paintings convey a feeling of effortlessness and serenity.
Of his work, Hayes writes, “To me, painting—one of the most conventional of disciplines—is ultimately one of the most experimental, exhilarating, and enduring of all media…. My objective is to heighten the viewer’s sensitivity to subtle variations and to reveal that pictorial complexity can be achieved through a restricted vocabulary.”
Gregory Hayes (b. 1980 Buffalo, New York) received his BFA in painting from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and his MFA from Brooklyn College. Notable museum exhibitions include Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and was included in the Millay Colony and Fire Island Pines Arts Project residencies. Awards include ArtBridge “Works in Progress” Honorarium, Most Distinguished Artist from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and he was the selected artist for Dave Brown Projects’ 3rd Semiannual Competition. His work has been featured in XIBT Magazine, Artoday and Artspeak New York. Hayes lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.