Artwork Description / Detail
Patrick Hayman was a prolific artist in a variety of media including painting, drawing, poetry and three-dimensional constructions. Born in London in 1915, Hayman relocated to New Zealand at the age of nineteen, in 1936, to work in his father’s importing office, P. Hayman and Co.. Whilst working for his father the young artist enrolled at King Edward Technical College to study art. During this period he came into contact with fellow artists Colin McCahon and his wife, Anna Hamblett, Dorris Lusk, Rodney Kennedy, Charles Brasch and Ron O’Reilly. After completing his degree Hayman left Dunedin and eventually settled in Wellington in 1940, enrolling at Victoria University.
Hayman returned to England in 1947 to pursue a career in the arts. There he met a dancer, Barbara Judson, whom he married in 1950. Settling in Cabris Bay in 1950, Hayman became closely associated with the St Ives School of painters and sculptors. The renowned artistic community had a profound effect on the artist. His love of the sea and ships was evident in his works, with the addition of little fishing boats that often emerged in his compositions. Hayman worked on several compositions at once – adding, forming, changing and over painting, finally achieving a luminous, textured surface. His first solo exhibition was held in 1953 at Gallery One, London, directed at the time by Victor Musgrave – a champion of the art brut movement.
Hayman imbued his paintings with symbolism and allusions to myth, history and literature, often creating allegories that commented on contemporary events. His fascination with symbolism extended into his literary career, culminating in the formation of the Painter & Sculptor magazine, which Hayman was the founder and editor of from 1958 to 1963. In 1988, with the support of Louise Hallett Gallery, he published a book of “Painted Poems”.
Patrick Hayman’s works are a held in public and private collections in the UK, USA, Canada and New Zealand including: Tate Gallery, London, the Arts Council of Great Britain, National Gallery of Modern Arts, Edinburgh, Glasgow University, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland and the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington.
‘And so on dark afternoons one should take up one’s brush and paint a summer sky and beneath it in the sea. Or perhaps the light on an angel’s wind. It is important, I believe, to enter another world than the visible one and by painting something which appears to be the opposite of what one sees in nature, it may me possible, momentarily, to enter a different state of being’. – Patrick Hayman