A contemporary abstract painter, James Hayward focuses on the monochrome positions within the lineage of abstract painting, from Malevich and Mondrian to Reinhardt and Ryman.
Born in 1943 in San Francisco, Hayward He got his Bachelor of Arts at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, studied in the Graduate art program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1966 to 1969 and got his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1972. An educator as well as an artist, he taught at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Berkeley, CA, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota, California State University, Bakersfield and College of Creative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. He has exhibited at historically significant galleries such as Claire S. Copley Gallery, Riko Mizuno Gallery and Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Los Angeles and Sidney Janis Gallery in New York.
Hayward's work is characterized by his masterful command of paint, ranging from spontaneity to profound control. His oeuvre is usually divided in two bodies of work: flat paintings (1975-1984) and thick paintings (1984 to the present).
Featured image: James Hayward - Abstract #205, 2014 (detail). Oil on canvas on wood. 66 × 55 in. 167.6 × 139.7 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery