James Hayes


James Hayes studied fine art at Limerick School of Art & Design, The University of Vigo, North Spain, De Montfort University Leicester and the University of London.

In 2000 he was an assistant to Sculptors Barry Flanagan & Anish Kapoor while working at the AB Fine Art Foundry.
Since 1998 he has been a lecturer in Coventry University, Milton Keynes College and Newham College in East London and Stamford College in Lincolnshire, UK, going on to lead the Bachelors Degree in Fine Art. In 2005 he returned to Ireland where he was appointed as Sculpture lecturer at Crawford College of Art in Cork.

Over the last two years he completed two major ‘percent for art’ commissions for Cork City Council and Mayo County Council respectively.

Hayes has exhibited across Ireland, UK, Spain, Switzerland and the USA and his work is held in both public and private collections in Ireland, UK, USA and Spain.

He is presently exhibiting his most recent work, “Looking into the light of dark matters…’, at Droichead Arts Centre in Co Louth

Looking into the Light of Dark Matters…

James Hayes’ Looking into the Light of Dark Matters… is an installation comprised of sculptural objects, digital projections and sound. Wax and bronze replica’s of polystyrene planes occupy the gallery space each one positioned on a steel structure reminiscent of a pylon. Hayes transforms the crisp, white and brittle polystyrene plane into an object made of dense, pliable, dark matter, wax.

Hayes presents us with one bronze plane, which is accompanied by the wax replicas, making reference to the casting process itself, and raising the humble material of wax to the status of bronze. Issues of temporality become important here, as the wax is not solid or permanent but durable and temporary.

Hayes installation features a double screen digital projection of wind turbines accompanied by sound. In contrast to the industrial and somewhat ugly looking pylon, the wind turbine could be thought of as an aesthetically pleasing object, the dark and complicated structure of the pylon sits in contrast to the sleek and simple white wind turbines. There is an obvious and quite literal message in this work. The wind turbine signifies the generation of green energy while the plane perhaps signifies our unruly appetite for consuming energy and the earth’s natural resources.

Lurking in the darkness, are questions concerning life and death, consumption and sustainability, the light and content of the projection may offer some illumination yet as Hayes title implies, the matter for now is a dark one…