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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Martin King and Stephanie Monteith – Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award 2021 Prizes

Image above: Martin King  strangerlands II, after W Strutt, Black Thursday 1851  2021  graphite, watercolour, gouache, pastel and gold leaf on …

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Glenn Morgan – 67th Blake Prize Finalist

Image: Glenn Morgan  High Rise Towers  2021  acrylic on board  236 x 93 cm Congratulations to Glenn Morgan who has …

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Nick Howson – Works Acquired by Parliament House

Image: Nick Howson  Magpie  2019  etching  19.5 cm x 30.0 cm Australian Galleries are delighted to announce that three works …

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Jennifer Keeler-Milne – Elizabeth Fortescue Article on Destination Sydney Exhibition

“An artful collaboration celebrates nature and contemporary female talent across three stunning locations.” Elizabeth Fortescue writes on Destination Sydney: The …

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Jennifer Keeler-Milne – Destination Sydney at S.H. Ervin Gallery

Image: Jennifer Keeler-Milne  Spring Wattle III  2021  oil on canvas  121 x 228 cm Destination Sydney: The natural world is now …

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Geoffrey Bartlett – Newhaven Public Art Commission

We are delighted to share these images from Geoffrey Bartlett with his recently installed sculpture, Alpha, for the Newhaven Public …

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Sidney Nolan: Myth Rider – Tarrawarra Museum of Art

Image above: Sidney Nolan  The Myth Rider  1958-59  polyvinyl acetate on composition board  122 x 152 cm (Copyright the Trustees …

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Jeffrey Smart – National Gallery of Australia

Image above: Jeffrey Smart  Labyrinth  2011  oil on canvas  100 x 100 cm The National Gallery of Australia is today …

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For the Love of Trees – Burrinja’s creative response to the devastating June storm event

Image above: Mary Tonkin  After, Kalorama  2021  oil on linen  183 x 320 cm We are delighted to share this …

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Angus Fisher – Winner of the Hawkesbury Art Prize 2021

Image: Angus Fisher with winning work Carrion #3 at the Hawkesbury Art Prize 2021 A huge congratulations for Angus Fisher who …

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