Gregory Hayes (born in 1980 in Buffalo, New York), is a Bachelor's in Fine Arts graduate in painting from Rocky Mountain College of Art+Design in Denver, Colorado, and a Master Fine Arts graduate from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Hayes has completed artist residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Fire Island Pines Arts Project in New York State. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA.
Known for his work on entanglement, detail, and harmony, Hayes' paintings explore the parallels between intuition and how the elements of a system interact with each other according to certain rules and principles, the balance of beaten disorders and control, and the interconnectedness of color. Although, the result of a meticulous, sophisticated, and laborious process, his paintings convey a sense of simplicity and serenity.
At first glance, Hayes' work may appear to be woven or composed of glass mosaics. Such an effect is created by the artist's technique of hand-drawing a grid of quarter-inch squares and then dripping small, swirling, jewel-like beads of colored acrylic paint onto it one by one. This process reveals the natural ability of paint to freely form shapes and patterns on the canvas, highlighting the multitude of intentional and unintentional interactions of color. The result creates a multi-dimensional, kaleidoscopic space that challenges the viewer's perception.
About his work, Hayes writes: "For me, painting - one of the most conventional disciplines - is ultimately one of the most experimental, exhilarating and enduring of all media… My aim is to stimulate the viewer's sensibility to subtle variations and to reveal that pictorial complexity can be achieved through a limited vocabulary."