Fred Hayes

Artadia Awardee

I am a visual artist based in New York since 2001. I moved there after spending the early part of my career in California, where I studied at the San Francisco Art Institute majoring in painting and drawing. Under the instruction and guidance of some of the leading figures in Bay Area Art at the time, including Robert Colescott, Julius Hatofsky, and Richard Berger, my worked developed its unique expressionist style. Later, I added sculpture, which has since become a part of my practice, an idea base, work design to encompass the notion of a “total work of art” centered on using all of the traditional “plastic forms.” I am inspired by the works of Emile Nolde, Max Beckmann, and the French Favues painters who placed emphasis on strong paint quality in lieu of exactness. The act of looking is key. Early work with photography continues to cast its spell.

After the San Francisco Art Institute, I began my art career exhibiting, for the most part, in non-profit spaces, such as the Luggage Store Gallery, Meridian Gallery, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. While in San Francisco, I worked on a series of public projects including murals, kiosk posters for the City of San Francisco, and a large scale public project, the 3rd Street Light Rail Project, which consisted of sculptural elements and windscreen poster designs.

Important exhibitions include Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Number 35 and the Jeff Bailey Gallery, and Peg Alston Fine Arts. I have also participated in several residencies, among them LMCC Swing Space, MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, and VCCA. Other significant venues have been SFMOMA, Addison Gallery of American Art, The New Museum, San Jose Museum, and San Diego Museum of Contemporary Arts. Currently I have work in the Kingston Sculpture Biennial, Kingston, NY.