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Stephen Hayes – Re:place
October 7, 2021 - October 30, 2021Free
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Re:place, a vibrantly evocative series of landscape paintings by Stephen Hayes. The works evoke the natural world in brilliant layers of color and expressive mark-making.
In his new body of work, Hayes uses Google Earth perspectives that recreate bodily vantage points. The artist finds digital views that resonate with his plein air painting process and the resulting scenes convey a sublime wonderment in beholding the power of the natural world.
With conscious deliberation Hayes’s paintings gorgeously entangle abstraction, representation, and conceptual considerations. The scenes of fields, rivers, and forests unfold with prolonged engagement and his artworks often upend a viewer’s preconceptions. The sheer beauty of the imagery is immediately seductive while the title Re:place invites further contemplation on broader themes of renewal, reckoning or reconsiderations of our place within these bucolic settings.