MONOCHROMES, a solo exhibition by James Hayward, coming to Peter Blake Gallery

MONOCHROMES, a solo exhibition of works by James Hayward, opens on Saturday, April 20 at Peter Blake Gallery in Laguna Beach, and the community is invited to join the opening reception from 3-5 p.m.

James Hayward’s (b. 1943, San Francisco, Calif. and based in Moorpark, Calif.) focus on the monochrome easily positions his interpretation within the lineage of abstract painting, from Malevich and Mondrian to Reinhardt and Ryman. They exist as immediate visual experiences apart from any representational reference, where the reception of the work is reflected within the work itself.

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Courtesy of Peter Blake Gallery

James Hayward’s “Abstract Dark Green #48,” 2003, oil on canvas, 76” x 48”

Beginning in the 1970s with the “automatic” or flat paintings devoid of the artist’s mark to the thicker, impasto “monochrome abstractions” that have defined Hayward’s more recent work, both techniques explore color – extending from pure hues to complex combinations through different effects, varying grades of opacity, thickness and texture.

Every subsequent marking, built up from the surface to the point where they form sculptural peaks and fissures, is pivotal to the structural physicality of the work. This process creates an irreproducible distinct identity that dually epitomizes and affirms the physical act of painting. The end results are seductive studies of color effortlessly intertwining with the materiality of paint.

Hayward has exhibited widely in numerous solo and group shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Locally, his work has been shown at Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA).

Peter Blake Gallery is located at 435 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach.

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