Stephen Hayes’ works exhibit a depth of understanding that belies the familiarity of imagery and seeming nonchalance of execution.
Hayes has held over thirty-five solo exhibitions of his paintings, prints and drawings in the U.S. and abroad, which have been reviewed in Art Forum, Art in America, and Artweek. His works can be found in the collections of Frans Masereel Centrum voor Grafiek in Kasterlee, Belgium; New York Public Library, New York, New York, The Gates Foundation, Seattle, Washington; Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon; the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon; University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. In 2013 Hayes was the subject of a 30-year career retrospective at the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, which included a fully illustrated catalogue. In recognition of his accomplished career and dedicated studio art practice, Hayes was awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship. Hayes received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from University of Wisconsin, Madison.