Melbourne, 13 Apr 2021 — 2 May 2021

28 Derby Street [PO Box 1183], Collingwood 3066

She died in a child welfare tribunal, he died in an adult bookshop
- Cameron Hayes

A highly intelligent and skilled storyteller, Cameron Hayes’ multi-layered paintings actively address cultural power structures and contemporary political issues, rather than simply describing them. His fiercely honest observational works depict modern tales of pollution, political corruption, economic inequality, social injustice and the seemingly general malaise of humanity, often revealing patterns of human behaviour repeated throughout the centuries and across cultures.

“Because in painting you are capturing just one moment in time, you have to progress the story using many different characters doing many different things at the same time and they have to imply a past and suggest a future within that movement.” – Cameron Hayes, 2021

Hayes deftly unites metaphor, symbolism, present and past, distant and near onto the flat surface of the canvas. These intricately detailed and vibrantly coloured works immediately engage and draw us in closer to take in the complexity of the visual narrative. We are presented with microscopic worlds amongst worlds – logical, surreal, historical, futuristic – produced with an extraordinary oil painter’s assured hand and undeniable expertise.

Each large-scale painting can take months or years to complete even with a consistent daily discipline of intense studio time. Hence, after exhibiting predominantly solely in New York for most of his career, many paintings have never before been exhibited in Australia.

Curated by Marielle Soni, this highly anticipated solo exhibition at Australian Galleries is Cameron’s first in Melbourne since his near sell-out show of 2000.

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Densely layered, monumental paintings reveal recurring themes within Cameron Hayes’ oeuvre drawn from unabashed, uncomfortable …
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Cameron Hayes – Artist Profile

Image above: Cameron Hayes  In the South Pole the explorers were so afraid of not having enough food for winter …

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Cameron Hayes’ Paintings Speak of Human Frailty and Insecurity

Image above: Cameron Hayes  She died in the child welfare tribunal, he died in an adult bookshop  2020-21  oil on …

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Cameron Hayes – Blake Prize 2021

Image above: Cameron Hayes  Angry angels help Adam with the first dictionary  2020  oil on canvas  198 x 254 cm …

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Greg Weight – Finalist in The Olive Cotton Award 2021

Image above: Greg Weight  Harry Highpants with Seated Figure  ink jet on cotton rag  70 x 100 cm Greg Weight …

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Danielle Creenaune Elected Member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers UK

Image above: Danielle Creenaune  Silent falls: Carrington  2020  stone lithograph and chine collé  edition 12  52 x 43 cm Congratulations to …

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Salon des Refusés 2021

Image above: Rodney Pople  Monkey Man  2021  portrait of Euan Macleod  oil on linen  201 x 134 cm.   Australian …

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Congratulations to Peter Wegner – Winner of the Archibald Prize 2021

Above image: Peter Wegner  Portrait of Guy Warren at 100  oil on canvas  120.5 x 151.5 cm Peter Wegner has won …

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Greg Weight – Finalist in Still: National Still Life Award 2021

Image above: Greg Weight  Everything Past is Almost Forgotten  permanent pigment print on cotton rag paper  60 x 90 cm …

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Geoffrey Ricardo – Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2021

Later this year, Geoffrey Ricardo will feature in the 2021 Lorne Sculpture Biennale. The following artist profile provides an introduction …

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Julian Twigg – Albany Artist in Residence

Celebrated maritime artist, Julian Twigg has recently completed a month long artist residency in Albany, Western Australia. The artist-in-residence program …

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Jennifer Keeler-Milne – Sydney Morning Herald Article by Steve Meacham, June 1 2021

Image above: Jennifer Keeler-Milne in her studio in Newtown (Photograph: Nick Moir) In anticipation of her upcoming exhibition, ‘Autumn & …

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Jock Clutterbuck – Review of ‘Wisdom Journey: Prints and Sculpture 1967-72’

Image above courtesy of Sasha Grishin and Lyn McNally We are delighted to share Sasha Grishin’s insightful review of Jock …

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Finalists announced – Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2021

Image above: Peter Wegner  Portrait of Guy Warren at 100  oil on canvas  120.5 x 151.5 cm Congratulations to Graeme …

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