William Hays

William H. Hays, Printmaker

"The greatest privilege to have in art and in life is the creation of something beautiful which touches others."

For Vermont artist William Hays, the idea of positive and negative is everything but black and white. He takes the simplicity of linoleum block printing to new levels with his beautiful and complex prints. Each of Hays' prints unfolds, color by color into a layered mosaic of carved shapes, carefully fitted into a composition that conjures a sense of mood and place dear to the heart of the artist.

Hays has taken the simple process of block printing to new levels. His prints transcend the limitations of a knife and a block of linoleum. His careful and intricate techniques of carving are brilliantly reflected in the rich textures and colors of these intimate prints. From traditional to the innovative techniques of reduction printing, Hays' linocut prints stand apart in execution and design.

The artist's academic background in sculpture and his subsequent profession of painting landscapes in oils are wedded into his block prints. His carving skill is evident along with the fine craftsmanship of pulling each print by hand. Combining these skills with the painter's eye for color and composition make prints by William H. Hays an unusual accomplishment in the world of printmaking.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
At The Walker, National Juried Exhibition, Best In Show, Garnett, KS, Walker Art Collection, 2017
11th Annual Our Rivers, Our Lakes Exhibition, First Place, Grosse Pointe, MI, Grosse Pointe Artists Association, 2017
2018 National Juried Exhibition, New York, NY, Blue Mountain Gallery, 2018
Ink, Press, Repeat: National Juried Printmaking Exhibition , Wayne, NJ, William Paterson University, 2018
31st Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition, Lake Charles, LA, McNeese State University, 2018
38th National Print Exhibition, Fort Wayne, IN, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, 2018
Permanent Collection, Supreme Court, Montpelier, VT USA, 2005
Permanent Collection, Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, VT USA, 2004
Syracuse University Art Galleries Permanent Collection, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2017
Boston Athenaeum Permanent Collection, Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA, 2017