Paintings by Stephen Hayes

December 20, 2012

Stephen Hayes landscape paintings are rooted in the practice of painters like Monet, van Gogh, and even Bonnard, but that is not to say they are outdated. They utilize a garish juxtaposition of hues that brings these traditional modes of representing a green, pastoral scene into a more contemporary dialogue. Brush strokes begin as representation, and then wiggle their way onto the flatness of the surface, with drips at times further emphasizing this flatness of the painting, clashing with the illusionistic depth of the rendered space and the colorful marks upon the surface itself, with the pictures themselves being consciously unfinished, arriving at just the right stopping point.

Hayes' work is up at Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland until January 15th.