Inspired by scenes of farms along Interstate 5 between Portland and Corvallis, Oregon, Stephen Hayes examines the ways in which our society has become increasingly disconnected to our sources of food. In dust... , Hayes’ paintings are more intimately scaled than in previous exhibitions, yet his ability to capture the essence of a swiftly passing landscape is ever apparent. His works of seemingly forgotten agricultural structures under lush expanses of big sky reference what once had been a small farming community, since replaced by large industrial operations. Working from memory himself, the artist evokes a narrative of farming in days past.
Hayes has shown his work locally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), The Art Gym at Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, OR), Northwest Museum of Art and Culture (Spokane, WA), American Culture Center (Sapporo & Nagoya, Japan), and The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.). He has had several commissions for public art projects in the region, and his works can be found in the the collections of Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR), New York Public Library (New York, NY), Portland Art Museum’s Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts (Portland, OR), University of Oregon (Eugene, OR), and the new Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emmanuel (Portland, OR), as well as numerous private and public collections.