The Cynthia Corbett Gallery is proud to announce new representation of renowned sculptor and painter, David Hayes (Connecticut 1931 – 2013), an American modern master who in the course of six decades, produced a formidable body of work that focuses on geometrically abstracting organic form. His monumental outdoor sculptures contemplate the relationship between a work of art and the environment it occupies, and demonstrate the influence of teacher David Smith and friend Alexander Calder.
David Hayes was born in Hartford, Connecticut and received an A.B. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1953 and a M.F.A. degree from Indiana University in 1955 where he studied with David Smith. He has received a post-doctoral Fulbright award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a recipient of the Logan Prize for Sculpture and an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He has had over 300 exhibitions and is included in over 100 institutional collections including that of the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 2007 was conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Albertus Magnus College. He worked in Coventry, Connecticut and died April 9, 2013 of leukemia at the age of 82, four days after his final opening.
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery alongside his large scale outdoor sculptures is pleased to present Maquettes + Studies by David Hayes, which allows the viewer to focus on the creative process of the artist which he explored in the early stages of his work. Hayes’ preliminary drawings are where he played with lines, color, and geometric forms which eventually informed his abstract sculptures constructed from welded steel. The selection of maquettes and studies show the rhythm and the artist’s playfulness with form.
Hayes’ work is now in the permanent collections of over 100 institutional collections across America, to name a few: MoMA (NY), Guggenheim (NY), National Museum of American Art (DC), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Frost Art Museum (Miami), Musée des Arts Decóratifs (Paris), Brooklyn Museum (NY). Most recently his work was acquired into the collection of Jorge and Darlene Perez and is also part of the sculpture collection for the Paraiso Bay, Related Group development in Miami.
“David Hayes has long been a proponent of regarding human association with the natural realm as inspiration for his work. Despite its clear attention to the formalist elements of compositional balance and harmony, his sculpture is more than the accumulation of simple forms into impressive constructions; it is meant as a response to nature as he experiences it, stripped of emotional ties to realism and concentrated into objective shapes that still retain their significance derived from organic forms.“
Excerpt from the essay “Maquettes + Studies: A Creative Process”, written by Carol Damian. Miami, October 2014.