David Hayes is a Brisbane based artist who works in acrylic and resin.  His work is rooted in pop culture stylistically but explores the changing themes of masculinity via metaphors and juxtapositions of theme, color and work titles.

“I was raised with post WWII traditional stereotypes and now observe a different culture and the changing roles and identities of young men and women – none more so than my own children. They themselves represent the broader population. I am interested in asking questions and thinking about subjects that matter to me as a father and as a male – conflict, struggle, aggression, vulnerability, holding on, letting go – the human condition.”

-David Hayes 2016.

Some of his influences include traditional figures of the pop art movement including Warhol, Lichtenstein and Ramos, yet he continues to evolve the style with influences of current artists such as Kehinde Wiley, Richard Philips and Jeff Koons.

His choice of medium is acrylic, spray enamel and resin. This is relevant to the genre in the representational element of a rapid and “artificial” man made quality to the image. The glossy veneer together with a bright candy palette provides the viewer with an initial sense of familiarity and fun. This often belies the deeper narrative of subject matter.

Awards

  • 2014  ‘Originality Prize’, Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award, Brisbane.
  • 2011  Second Prize, Art Scene Today ‘Coloring Outside the Lines’, International Online Art
  • Competition.
  • 2010  Avant Card, Art Card Emerging Artist Program.
  • 2010  Highly commended, Wilston Art Show, Wilston State School, Wilston, QLD.
  • 2008  Highly commended, Wilston Art Show, Wilston State School, Wilston, QLD.

Collections

  • Queensland Institute of Medical Research

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017  ‘Trajectory’, Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane.
  • 2013  Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong.
  • 2012  Art Brisbane, Affordable Art Fair, Brisbane.
  • 2012  Melbourne Affordable Art Fair, (selected for START programme), Melbourne.
  • 2011  ‘Up yours Jackie’, Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 2009  ‘Ekkaphilia’, Doggett St, Brisbane.

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2017  Finalist, Moreton Bay Art Prize,
  • 2017  Finalist, Gallipoli Art Prize, Sydney.
  • 2017  ‘Director’s Choice’, Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane.
  • 2016  Finalist, Redlands Art Prize, Queensland
  • 2016  ‘Reveal’, Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane.
  • 2016  Asia Contemporary Art Fair, Hong Kong.
  • 2016  Singapore Contemporary Art Fair, Singapore.
  • 2015  Finalist, Queensland Government Contemporary Art Awards, Brisbane.
  • 2015  Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong.
  • 2015  Finalist, Black Swan Art Prize for Portraiture, Art Gallery of WA, Perth Cultural Centre, WA
  • 2014  ‘Beginnings’, Engine Room Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 2014  Art Takes Miami, Art Basel Miami.
  • 2014  Finalist, ‘Arc Yinnar’ Biennial Drawing Prize.
  • 2014  Finalist, Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 2014  Finalist, ‘Who’s looking at you Portrait Competition’, Cambridge Studio Gallery, Melbourne.
  • 2014  Singapore Affordable Art Fair, Singapore.
  • 2014  Milan Affordable Art Fair.
  • 2014  Brussels Affordable Art Fair.
  • 2013  ‘Keep  Youth’, Retrospect Gallery Byron Bay, NSW.
  • 2013  Finalist, The Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane.
  • 2013  Singapore Affordable Art Fair, Singapore.
  • 2013  Hamburg Affordable Art Fair, Germany.
  • 2013  Stockholm Affordable Art Fair, Sweden.
  • 2013  Amsterdam Affordable Art Fair, The Netherlands.
  • 2013  Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong.
  • 2012  Finalist, Blake Prize, Sydney.
  • 2012  Finalist, Mosman Art Prize, Sydney.
  • 2012  Finalist, Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award, Brisbane.
  • 2011  ‘Exhibition 11b’, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne.
  • 2011  Finalist, Directors Cut, Blake Prize, Sydney.
  • 2011  Finalist, Clayton Utz Launch Art Prize, Brisbane.
  • 2011  Finalist, BSG Open Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne.
  • 2010  ‘Exhibition 10b’, Brunswick St Gallery, Melbourne..
  • 2010   Finalist, The Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award, Brisbane.
  • 2009  ‘The Ruminate Exhibition’, 2nd BIRA (Brisbane Artists Run Initiative) Festival, Brisbane.

Commissions

  • 2013  Green Furniture, Hong Kong