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A Vibrant Perspective: Ivey Hayes and His Colorful Works of Art

Ivey Hayes, Catch of the Day, Source: Ivey Hayes Artworks

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A Vibrant Perspective: Ivey Hayes and His Colorful Works of Art

Ivey Hayes: The Artist

A vibrant perspective of Ivey Hayes’ art has always stood out in my mind. Before his death in 2012, the South Eastern North Carolina artist was known for creating vibrant paintings from his unique perspective. And unlike my interactions with the art of Minnie Evans, I actually had the opportunity to meet Hayes at an annual Spring festival along the Cape Fear River of Wilmington, North Carolina. It must have been my birthday because he ended up giving me a postcard-sized print of one of his paintings – thereby starting an early appreciation with his work(s)! I recently stumbled across that print and thought “who better to share with but you lovely readers!”

A Timeline:

Aug. 15, 1948: Ivey Hayes is born in Pender County, NC.
1975: Earns MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
1987: Arthritis forces Hayes to retire from Federal Paper Board. He begins painting in and begins to alter his style.
2006: Cameron Art Museum features Hayes in its “Five American Artists” exhibit.
Sept. 28, 2012: Dies at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC.

Portrait of Ivey Hayes, Source: Island Life NC Magazine

A Vibrant Perspective

Although the artist picked up drawing at a very early age, he said that he did not get a vision for his most famous style until later on in life. He was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, rendering his fingers and hands gnarled; his ‘faceless’ paintings are fluid, filled with color, and historical significance. The paintings are filled with African themes, colors, and people; likewise, they are reminiscent of an age gone by us, with scenes of Jazz music or cotton picking.

 

Ivey Hayes, Maybe Someday, Watercolor portrait, Source: Cape Fear Living Magazine

 

They are filled with geometric patterns and silhouettes. Unlike Minnie Evans’ work, Hayes’ work is more discernible in nature. But what is evident, is that they both received visions of some sort. The visions took them over and they had to paint or draw, allowing the colors to be the focal point of their respective works. Although he painted in an abstract manner and heavily with acrylics and oils, the artist showed great strength with realistic watercolor portraits that are worth discussing too, as they are a part of his larger overall oeuvre.

 

Ivey Hayes, Club Scene, Source: Island Life NC Magazine

 

Ivey Hayes, Break Time, Source: Island Life NC Magazine

For more information:

Ivey Hayes, Artist

Ivey Hayes, Art Works

 

Art historian (art lover, artist), coffee drinker, writer, Mom to 2 girls. BA in History and an MA in Art History. Favorite art style is Impressionism. Favorite theme is the Annunciation. Located in Central Kansas.

 

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