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Dan Hays

2D Pathway Tutor and Associate Lecturer, BA Fine Art
Central Saint Martins
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Primarily, I am a landscape painter, whilst occasionally visiting other genres such as still life and other media such as printmaking, photography and digital 3D modelling.

My work is informed by the history of landscape painting, from Romanticism through to Post-Impressionism and its contemporary condition. This is alongside landscape’s various manifestations across different media and image cultures.

Since the late 1990s my work has explored the relationship between the intangible, encoded and instantaneous realm of digital technology, and the tactile, flawed and time-consuming medium of painting. Working from low-quality digital photographs and video stills, often gleaned from the internet, I extensively manipulate these images digitally before methodically transcribing them onto the surface of the canvas. My paintings aim to present a paradoxical visual realm, where shimmering pixels and physical brushstrokes coalesce. This brings into frame questions about the status of the image as tangible surface (painting) in the face of the digital screen’s apparent ubiquity, where its increasingly high definition and contrast ratio tends to blind the viewer to its mediating presence.

I have exhibited nationally and internationally since graduating from Goldsmiths College in 1990. I completed a PhD at Kingston University in 2012, which included the exhibition Screen as Landscape at the Stanley Picker Gallery. Recent group shows include Film in Space at Camden Arts Centre (2012) and Seeing Round Corners at Turner Contemporary, Margate (2016). In 2017 The Broadway Gallery, Letchworth Garden City, hosted my solo show The Walk to the Paradise Garden.

I have given artist talks at around thirty art colleges and written papers for symposia at a range of institutions. I have also contributed features and reviews for a various publications, including The Journal of Contemporary Painting and The Moving Image Review & Art Journal.


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