We are so happy to have the amazing works of Hayley Stewart on our walls for the months of March & April. Come down and take them in and join Hayley and local folk duo Tiger Moon on Wednesday, March 4th for the art opening.
More about Hayley Stewart:
Originally from Ontario, Hayley studied fine art at the Ontario College of Art & Design. Toronto’s culturally rich metropolis, although inexhaustibly energetic, left a void in her style. She migrated west lured first by the ocean to Tofino and later by the mountains to Golden, British Colombia. In these flourishing landscapes, Hayley developed a voice synchronized to the natural aesthetics of the world. Currently residing in Calgary, Alberta, Hayley works part time in the theatrical industry as well as pursuing her own artistic career.
Hayley’s most influential discoveries as an artist were made exploring the beautiful and vast wilderness of Western Canada. In these inspiring settings she became vividly aware of some peculiar connections. A glance at nature reveals an overwhelming diversity. However, it turns out patterns and forms are repeated and the immense variety that nature creates emerges from the workings and reworking’s of only a few formal themes. Hayley often emulates these patterns of tree roots, veins, grains, and intestine-like meanders.
Hayley’s process begins on canvas with aerosol paint. There are typically two stages; chaos & order. Phase one, is explorative and expressive. Aerosol paint is applied, using a variety of techniques, with no intentions or foresights of the outcome. The second phase, is much more deliberate & controlled. She sketches, maps and plans the foreground, with meticulous detail. This contrast in her work creates balance & visual complexity. Common in all her work, is the use of bold colour. Hayley has an undeniable and inescapable attraction to saturated colour. Fascinated by the beauty, mystery & behaviours of animals, the appearance of intriguing creatures is common in her works.
Continuously exploring new processes, techniques, and mediums, Hayley aims not only for her pieces to be aesthetically pleasing, but also to draw attention to the beautiful details in life that are sometimes overlooked.