Large and Small: The Sculpture of David Hayes

June 5-August 7, 2015

Connecticut sculptor David Hayes worked with steel and torch to create modern abstract art that can become “whatever you interpret it to be,” using various organic and geometric forms and painted in bright blues, reds and yellows or shrouded in flat black.
The sculptures began with drawings of chosen forms on sheets of mild steel; then cut out of the drawn forms with an acetylene torch. Inspired by artists such as Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse and David Smith, Hayes is recognized nationally and internationally as an American Modern Master. His sculpture can be found at museums, libraries, colleges and private collections all over the United States.
Hartford Public Library is honored to work with the family of Mr. Hayes to present this exhibition of the late artist’s work on the ARTWALK, overlooking Main Street and the six-ton, seventeen foot Large Vertical Motif piece that has stood firmly in front of the Library building for two decades.
Opening Reception: Friday, June 5 at 6:00pm. Free.

About the Artist

David Hayes was born in Hartford, Connecticut and received degrees from the University of Notre Dame in 1953 (B.A.) and Indiana University in 1955 (M.F.A) where he studied with David Smith. In a career that spanned over six decades, Hayes received a post-doctoral Fulbright award and a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as the Logan Prize for Sculpture and an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. A prolific sculptor, he had over 300 exhibitions during his lifetime and his works can be found in over 100 institutional collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 2007, Hayes was conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Albertus Magnus College. Mr. Hayes lived and worked in Coventry, Connecticut and passed away in 2013 at the age of 82, four days after his final exhibit opening.