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Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art

FIGURE/GROUND Stephen Hayes, A Thirty-Year Retrospective

June 10, 2013

Hoffman Gallery

Oakland Suite: Wild Beauty 6, 2009, Monotype (ELG medium says monoprint), 8.5 x 17.5 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GalleryOakland Suite: Wild Beauty 6, 2009, Monotype (ELG medium says monoprint), 8.5 x 17.5 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach GallerySeptember 10 - December 15, 2013

The Hoffman Gallery examines three decades of work by one of the Pacific Northwest’s preeminent painters and printmakers. Hayes has used the human figure and the landscape as twin muses in his exploration of paint and painterly prints.

About the Artist

Over the last two decades, Stephen Hayes has deepened his exploration of two interrelated themes: the landscape and the human form. He moves easily between painting and printmaking and is known for his rich and fluid monotypes and lithographs. Hayes is less interested in recording than in understanding what he sees: he depicts the essence of nature rather than its particulars. His compositions combine an intellectual and emotional landscape with the subject at hand: stands of trees, pathways and sky become the dominant features in works whose meaning is frequently enigmatic.

Hayes received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including an Oregon Arts Commission grant and a Ford Family Foundation fellowship, and has shown his work locally and internationally. He has had several commissions for public art projects in the region, and his works can be found in the Portland Art Museum’s Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts as well as numerous private and public collections.

Exhibition Details

FIGURE/GROUND Stephen Hayes, A Thirty-Year Retrospective runs from September 10-December 15; gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 503-768-7687.

The Hoffman Gallery will host two additional events related to the exhibit:

  • An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on September 10, from 5-7 p.m.
  • The Artist Talk will be held on September 17, at 6 p.m., in Miller 105

Supporting Organizations

FIGURE/GROUND Stephen Hayes, A Thirty-Year Retrospective is made possible by support from the following organizations:

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