Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Exhibition Details

Stephen Hayes
In The Hour Before (today)

New paintings
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Baltimore, MD 4-12-15

oil on canvas
72 x 96 inches

St. Paul, MN 7-6-16

oil on canvas
72 x 96 inches
San Bernardino_ CA 4-11-17

San Bernardino, CA 4-11-17

oil on canvas
72 x 96 inches

Orlando, FL 6-12-16

oil on canvas
72 x 96 inches

Ferguson, MO 8-9-14

oil on canvas
30 x 30 inches

San Francisco, CA (8-3-17)

oil on canvas
23 x 35 inches

Miami, FL (1-1-17)

oil on canvas
23 x 35 inches

Los Angeles, CA (6-2-17)

oil on canvas
23 x 35 inches

Lodge Grass, MT (8-4-17)

oil on canvas
23 x 35 inches

Columbus, OH (4-16-17)

oil on canvas
23 x 35 inches
SOLD

In his latest series of paintings titled In The Hour Before (today), Stephen Hayes portrays locations of recent violence in America as seen from the vantage point of Google maps street views. Hayes contemplates human frailty and the collective trauma that can be found in everyday places, in streets and behind doors of public schools, nightclubs, or police vans.

Hayes’ nuanced depictions of each of the seemingly ordinary sites of Orlando, Florida; San Bernadino, California; St. Paul, Minnesota and Baltimore, Maryland possess an unsettling and transcendent beauty. His visually appealing palette and masterful technique belie their deeper meaning, creating unequivocal tension between aesthetic and content.

Hayes’ expressive brushstrokes throughout the series evoke a heightened sense of immediacy and seem to mirror the increasing speed and regular occurrence of human tragedy. Several paintings stand six feet tall, and the compelling scale allows for a visceral experience that powerfully engages and poetically entangles the viewer.

Stephen Hayes has shown his work locally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), The Art Gym at Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, OR), Northwest Museum of Art and Culture (Spokane, WA), American Culture Center (Sapporo and Nagoya, Japan), and The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.). He has had several commissions for public art projects in the region, and his works can be found in the the collections of Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR), New York Public Library (New York, NY), Portland Art Museum’s Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts (Portland, OR), University of Oregon (Eugene, OR), and the new Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emmanuel (Portland, OR), as well as numerous private and public collections.

 

Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 N.W. 9th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 503.224.0521

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