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James Hayward

James Hayward’s heavy impasto style and gestural, arcing brushstrokes give his paintings a wonderfully tactile appeal. In many of his works, the development from at to thick is evident as brushstrokes are layered atop one another. The relationship between weight and color is depicted as light hits the varied depths of the brushstroke, while the role of texture is explored in each movement lifting up towards the edge of the canvas. Rather than being an extension of self, as gestural paintings often are, his works represent a sense of sel essness, as they do not embody his character or emotions. In lacking a biographical quality, Hayward’s paintings have the ability to relate to the viewer directly, evoking a personal response from every individual.  The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication, featuring an essay by Frances Colpitt.