Michael Hayes is an ever evolving Self Taught artist who currently lives and works in Campobello, S.C.and Burgundy,France. His preferred media is oil paintings. His paintings spiritually ignite into organic fluidity flows, using several techniques, Lyrically Abstract ,Action, marking to Spiritually realistic. Dimensionally they are deep and brushed with spiritual light, where water appears universal.
At his core is an Activist concern is to bring about " Accountable Water Awareness"
Michael's artistic career began in the 1980's in New York City where this rich artistic and cultural submersion formed him. Taking inspiration from the nearby Hampton beaches and also from his numerous sojourns in Italy, his love of the oceans translated into close up forms and colors taken from the sea life and the endless reflection of lights . He deepened his studies of art by taking several trips to Florence Italy. The exposure to great artistic inspirations naturally digested and were the foundation of his creativity.
His photography eye and creative drive blended with painting after attending the New York School of Design. Simultaneously taking a one year mentorship with a highly trained pastel artist, inspired his commitment to move into painting. He worked and painted for several years in NYC. In 1990 he moved to Bucks County, a mecca for landscape painting. He had four solo shows and was represented by three galleries. He entered numerous juried and group shows.
Landscape paintings with water became his main theme, with use of color and light. Trips to the Caribbean and workshops, eventually influenced Michael to paint water in Lyrical Abstraction using activist themes to help save Water
Since 2012 he divides his time between Campobello, SC & Burgundy, France, and continues to convey water both in spiritual abstract and realistic forms. The local waterways in the Carolina mountains to the Caribbean and France's Jura- Burgundy region all become spiritually enlightened paintings to help speak for Climate Change and the inspiration of water.
Rochester Institute of Technology
New York School of Design- 1983-1984
John Ansado, Susan Douglas, Pat Martin
2015 " Reflections of the Piedmont, Tryon Painters and Sculptures, Tryon,NC
2014 "Water Preserved" Art Mecca of Charleston,SC
2012 "Caribbean Aqua’s" Art’s Quest Center, Bethlehem,Pa.
2010 "River Land of Bucks County,Pa Monsoon Gallery, Bethlehem, Pa.
2009 Lyrical Colors of Pa, Monsoon Gallery, Bethlehem,Pa.
Selected Exhibitions: Group and Juried Shows and Galleries
2017- 2020 Red Wold Gallery, Brevard, NC
2017- 2019 Mountain Mist Gallery, Cashiers,NC
2017 Tryon Painters and Sculptures, Member show
2015 Tryon Painters and Sculptures, Member Show
2013 Upstairs Gallery, Art Studio Tour and show
2012 Bucks Fever, Bucks County,Pa Chamber of Commerce
2011 River Queen Gallery, Lambertville,NJ
2010 Phillips Mill, Stockton,NJ
2009 Stockton Mill, Stockton, NJ
Arts Commission, Bucks County Chamber of Commerce
Curator, Board member, Tryon Painters an Sculptures