The Elizabeth Leach Gallery is thrilled to present In Valley, Stephen Hayes’
14th solo exhibition at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. For some time, the Portland based Hayes has commuted two days a week to teach drawing and painting classes at Oregon State University. On the road from Portland to Corvallis, the terrain and its natural and man made features roll by - fields of green and yellow under lush expanses of big sky, a landscape both unique and universal, haunting and familiar. Hayes’ paintings capture the essence of this swiftly passing landscape, re-imagined from memory and infused with both the quiet melancholy of those early morning drives and a reverence for the land’s awesome beauty. On the road, Hayes says, “Thoughts creep in about the lives led in such contact with earth and the structures that inhabit those spaces often appear to me to be both poetic and majestic.”
The gallery has been honored to represent Hayes for 26 years. Our show launches 13 months of activity for the artist. In 2011, Hayes was the recipient of the Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts and January 24, 2013 marks the opening of We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with the Pacific Northwest College of Art, featuring Hayes’ work as well as other esteemed recipients of the fellowship. In autumn of 2013, Hayes will have a 30 year career retrospective at the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College, which will include a fully illustrated catalogue. Hayes' work will also be included in the forthcoming book Painted Landscapes: Contemporary Views by Lauren P. Della Monica, due out in early 2013.