Dan Hays, Sunrise over the Gore Range, Colorado, 2008
Size 57 x 38cm
With the paintings of cages in the late nineties, through to the forest imagery of the last few years, Dan Hays has been concerned with the opposition between painted surface and illusion of depth; abstract play and optical truth. The futile hope of his paintings has been to unite a cool systematic technique with the iconic or atmospheric imagery he employs.
His painting methods enhance and deconstruct the patterns and colour screens used by mechanical, electronic and digital reproduction. Recent work has been increasingly focussed on landscape imagery found on an internet site in Colorado, USA, set up by another Dan Hays.
Dan Hays graduated from Goldsmiths BA in 1990. He has since had solo exhibitions at Entwistle, London; Verein Junger Kunst, Germany; Gallery Zurcher, Paris; Underwood Street, London; and Laure Genillard, London. He has shown in numerous international group exhibitions, and is in several collections including the Saatchi Collection. He is represented by Entwistle in London.