James Hayward (artist)

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James Hayward
Born 1943
San Francisco
Nationality American
Known for Painting
Movement Abstract painting, monochrome painting, process art, minimalism

James Hayward (born 1943, San Francisco, California) is a contemporary abstract painter who lives and works in Moorpark, California.[1] Hayward's paintings are usually divided in two bodies of work: flat paintings (1975-1984) and thick paintings (1984 to the present). He works in series, some of which are ongoing, and include The Annunciations, The Stations of the Cross, the Red Maps, Fire Paintings, Smoke Paintings, Sacred and Profane and Nothing's Perfect series.[2]

Education and teaching[edit]

Hayward got his Bachelor of Arts at San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, studied in the Graduate art program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1966 to 1969 and got his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1972.[3]



Hayward has exhibited extensively, particularly in California, since his first show solo show in 1976.[3] He has exhibited at historically significant galleries such as Claire S. Copley Gallery, Riko Mizuno Gallery and Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Los Angeles and Sidney Janis Gallery in New York, and his work has been included in museum exhibitions in institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Hirschorn Museum, Washington D.C., The Renaissance Society At The University Of Chicago, and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London, U.K. among others. Through the 1990s and 2000s he exhibited extensively at Modernism, San Francisco and Ace Contemporary Exhibitions in Los Angeles.[3] Artist Mike Kelley curated a solo exhibition of his work in 2005 at the Cue Art Foundation in New York calling Hayward "one of the few truly important West Coast Painters."[4] Also in 2005, critic and educator Dave Hickey included his work in a curated show entitled Step into Liquid, at the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles.[5]

Recently Hayward's work has been included in "Under the Big Black Sun" at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, curated by Paul Schimmel in 2011,[6] a solo exhibition at Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles James Hayward Paintings from the 70's in conjunction with the Getty's Pacific Standard Time exhibition in 2011[7] and his Annunciation paintings have been shown in the solo exhibition Variations on the Annunciation at Meliksetian | Briggs in Los Angeles in 2013.[8]

Works in institutional and museum collections[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 1977 — Young Talent Award, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • 1981 — Japan-United States Creative Arts Fellowship
  • 1983 — John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
  • 1991 — Awards in the Visual Arts 10 Grant
  • 1993 — National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  • 1996 — Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant


In 2010, Hayward produced a book of short stories entitled Indiscretion: Selected Stories, based on his reminiscences, "war stories" as his close friend artist Ed Moses calls them.[9] Writing in The Huffington Post, Gordy Grundy calls it "a chronicle of a ribald life in the arts as well as a glimpse of SoCal living".[10]


  1. ^ Colpitt, Frances (2007). James Hayward Works 1975-2007. Modernism Inc. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-9761509-3-0. 
  2. ^ Colpitt 2007, p.13.
  3. ^ a b c Hickey,Colpitt, Smith, 2007, p.131.
  4. ^ Mike, Kelley (2005). James Hayward. New York, NY: Cue Art Foundation. 
  5. ^ Knight, Christopher (January 14, 2006). "Just Going with the Flow". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Paul Schimmel (Editor), Lisa Gabrielle Mark (Editor), Frances Colpitt (Contributor), Thomas Crow (Contributor), Charles Desmarais (Contributor) (2011). Under The Big Black Sun: California Art 1974 1981. Prestel Publishing. ISBN 3791351397. 
  7. ^ Carlson, Ben (February 2012). "James Hayward at Richard Telles Fine Art". Artforum. 50 (6): 235. 
  8. ^ Hayward, James. "Variations on Annunciation". MJBriggs. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  9. ^ Hayward, James (2010). Indiscretion: Selected Stories. California: Minneola Press. p. I. ISBN 9780964016576. 
  10. ^ Grundy, Gordy. "A Wild Life in the Arts: The Indiscretion of James Hayward". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 


  • Carlson, Ben. James Hayward At Richard Telles Fine Art, Artforum, February 2012 Vol. 50, No. 6, P. 235.
  • Schimmel, Paul (Editor), Mark, Lisa Gabrielle (Editor), Colpitt, Frances (Contributor), Crow, Thomas (Contributor), Desmarais, Charles (Contributor), Under the Big Black Sun; California Art 1974-1981, Prestel Publishing, 2011.
  • Colpitt, Frances. Marks And Movement: Five Painters, catalogue, Barrett Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, 2011.
  • Pagel, David. Take Pleasure In Monochrome, Los Angeles Times. April 11, 2008 P.E19
  • Baker, Kenneth. James Hayward Pursues A Kind Of ‘Pure Painting’ San Francisco Chronicle, September 15, 2007 P. E1.
  • Frank, Peter. James Hayward. Artus, Issue 17 March–April 2007, P. 28.
  • Melrod, George. James Hayward: Monster Of Monochrome, Art Ltd, January 200 P. 38 to 45.
  • Hickey, Dave, Colpitt Frances, Smith Jason. "James Hayward Works 1975-2007. Modernism Inc., 2007.
  • Knight, Christopher. Just Going With The Flow, Los Angeles Times, January 14, 2006 P. E 2.
  • Colpitt, Frances & Gilbert-Rolfe. Jeremy, Monster Of Monochrome, Mandarin Press, Los Angeles 2006.
  • Kelley, Mike. James Hayward, catalogue, Cue Art Foundation, New York, 2005.
  • Knight, Christopher. Earthly Creators Find The Divine In Their Details, Los Angeles Times, August 11, 2004, P. E1.
  • Pagel, David. Celebrating Paint’s Physicality, Los Angeles Times, August 1, 2003, Calendar.
  • Hickey, Dave, Pagel, David and Scanlan, Joe. Plane/Structures, catalogue, The Fellows Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA 1994.
  • Colpitt, Frances. Mapping, catalogue, The University Of Texas, San Antonio, 1994.
  • Colpitt, Frances. In Plain Sight: Abstract Painting In Los Angeles, catalogue. Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, Texas 1994.
  • Rutter, Virginia S, Kopf, Vicki, Fleming, Jeff. Awards In The Visual Arts 10, catalogue, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, 1991.
  • Plous, Phylis & Colpitt, Frances. Abstract Options, catalogue, The National Endowment For The Arts, 1989.