Nancy Hayes

"As a child, I was told that abstract reasoning dominated my cognitive abilities. I guess that is why abstraction has never been a choice for me—it is merely a reflection of how my mind works. I have also spent my life obsessively projecting my imagination onto inanimate objects. Hence, my work is about giving life to patterns, shapes, and geometry."

Paintings by Nancy Hayes take you to places you have never been before. They suggest the inner structure of life forms, mechanics, celestial bodies, and cells. But what are they really? She leaves that question to be answered by the viewer. There is no right or wrong. If a connection is made, a journey taken, or a question asked, then the paintings have succeeded.

Hayes starts her process with a focus on composition. The surface is quickly covered with color loosely defining the space. That becomes a springboard leading to more definition. As the painting progresses, smaller and smaller details emerge, and the painting is finished with a very small brush. The tiny details feed an unquenchable need to get inside—to expose the mysteries left unseen.

Hayes became a painter later in life. It was not until after having earned her BFA and MFA degrees and spending twenty-five years making art as a ceramic sculptor that she turned to painting as a means to dive deeper into the imagery she envisioned. Painting proved to be better suited to her process, allowing her to move quickly while relying on the nature of how her mind works.

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The Edge 8
Acrylic Painting

$ 500
The Edge 10
Acrylic Painting

$ 500
The Edge 4
Acrylic Painting

$ 500
From the Beginning
Acrylic Painting

$ 6,000
Convergence
Acrylic Painting

$ 8,000
Spotlight 10
Acrylic Painting

$ 8,000
Amalgamation 8
Acrylic Painting

$ 8,000
The Edge 3
Acrylic Painting

$ 500
The Edge 1
Acrylic Painting

$ 500
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Anatomy of a Small Universe, solo show , Groton, MA, de Menil Gallery, 2017
INn Flux, solo show, Boston, MA, Harbor Gallery, U-Mass Boston, 2015
Solo Exhibition, Nancy Hayes, New Bedford, MA, Colo Colo Gallery, 2015
Massachussetts Cultural Council Award, Crafts catagory, Boston, MA, Massachussetts, 1999
Perspectives, curated by Mary Dondero, Bristol, RI, Bristol Art Museum, 2017