Irish Artist James L. Hayes studied fine art at Limerick School of Art & Design, The Unversity of Vigo Spain, De Montfort University Leicester and the University of London in the UK.
From 1997 to 2003 Hayes’ was based in London’s East End, where he also spent time gaining professional /industrial experience in AB Fine Art Foundry Ltd.
In 2006, 2007 and 2008 he received major funding awards from the Irish Arts Council to attend sculpture Symposia and residencies in New Mexico, New York and Denver Colorado respectively, also in 2007 he was a receipent of an Individual Artist Bursary Award from Cork City Council
Over the last two years he completed two major ‘percent for art’ commissions for Cork City Council and Mayo County Council respectively and in September 2010 he was awarded a prestigious site-specfic sculpture commission from Cork County Council which is due to be completed by summer 2011.
Recent national and international selections include, The MART Instructional European Tour (London, Berlin, Norway, Bratislava, Dublin), The Worcester Contemporary Open-2010, ‘Ev+a’ 2008 ‘too early for vacation…’ Limerick (curated by Hou Hanru), The USUK International Sculpture Symposia, New York, “Global Warming at the ICEBOX’’- The ICEBOX Philadelphia (curated by Adelina Vlas- Curator of Modern & Contemporary Collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art).
Other recent works were shown at the ‘The Eye-Kea Project’- an International Video art event in Cork, The Limerick Printmakers Gallery, Limerick, The Blankspace Gallery in San Francisco, The Burris Hill Galley in New Mexico and at the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Sculpture at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Birmingham, Alabama.
Upcoming projects in 2011 include a one person exhibition at the Good Childern Gallery in New Orleans (funded by Culture Ireland – Imagine Ireland focus in 2011) also works will feature in a touring Show of Contemporary Irish Artists in the United States at Galleries in New York, Chicago and LA.