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Biography

Alexandra Hayes’ work analyses how belief systems function in history and contemporary society. Through visual comparisons of religion, politics, news cycles, and historical art movements, Hayes dissects how these authorities can convince or convert. Today’s society is bombarded with information via the internet, which makes fact and fiction seem interchangeable. In our visually saturated culture, authenticity and reliability come into question when we are reliant on the fast and easy. Hayes deconstructs these ideas through collaging contemporary symbols with historical artworks. The opulence of Christian iconography, the manipulation of political propaganda and the bluntness of photojournalism are some of the subjects which are cut up and displaced. These ideas are translated as paintings on a series of vertical panels which at first read as familiar landscapes. However, with a closer look, they unsettle us with strange and twisted views of everyday signs and images. The paintings link a history monopolized by political, religious, and moral narratives with today’s anxiety-provoking abundance of often biased information.

2021 'Degree Show' Group Exhibition, City and Guilds of London Art School, London UK

Education

2018 – 2020 City and Guilds of London Art School, BA Fine Art, London UK

2017 – 2018 University of Leeds, First year of BA Fine Art with Art History, Leeds UK

2017 Charles Cecil Studios, Portrait Panting Short Course, Florence Italy   

Exhibitions

2022 ‘Young Blood Vol. II’ Group Exhibition, The Holy Art Gallery, London UK

2021 ‘Degree Show’ Group Exhibition, City and Guilds of London Art School, London UK

2020 ‘ESOP End of Year Online Exhibition’ Group Exhibition, Essential School of Painting, Online

2019 ‘Interim’ Group exhibition, Art Hill Gallery, London UK

Curatorial 

2020 Assistant Curator and Organiser, ‘ESOP End of Year Online Exhibition’, Essential School of Painting

Awards

The David Ballardie Memorial Award, 2020

50 Children 50 Artists Portrait Competition