The Docthor (2017)


liminal: (def.)

...occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold...

James Hayes is a practising architect, artist and free-lance illustrator based in Ireland. He operates at the threshold of distinct yet inextricably linked design disciplines: (architecture) // (fine art) // (illustration). This page acts as a sort of inter-disciplinary platform for the juxtaposition of this creative output as channeled through these practices - a meandering record of where motivation, method and manifestation overlap and diverge.


Born in Cork in 1987 - Places James has called home at one point or another include:         Tralee, Murroe, Dublin, Dingle, Melbourne, London, Ennis, Conna. 

He studied architecture at University College Dublin, holding a Bachelor of Science (2009), Bachelor of Architecture (2012) and Masters of Architecture (2013) - before later going on to receive a Post-graduate Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture (2016) from the University of Westminster. He is a chartered architect in Ireland (MRIAI) and the UK (ARB) and has been working consistently in architectural practice since 2013 whilst concurrently working on independent illustration/design commissions and self initiated art projects. Most recently he was a student of illustration at the 'House of Illustration' gallery in Kings Cross (2017).

Broadly speaking his artwork and illustration is characterised by an eye for detail - roaming between primarily more representational and figurative compositions to more abstract  suggestive imagery by way of attempting to convey subtle narrative and emotion.

He takes a project based approach to his work - equally comfortable working independently or collaboratively with others depending on the requirements of a given project.

Some thematic threads and preoccupations which inform his work include:                              (in no particular order)

experiential memory and imagination / connection to the past / connection to a sense of place / visual articulation of feeling where efficacy of language fails / connection between colour and emotion / embodied visual translation or re-presencing of lived bodily experience / phenomenological theory generally / drawing out of awareness from the spaces between conscious and unconscious experience of our surroundings / sensory interaction / spatial experience / representational methodologies / surrealism / visual and perceptual theory.

..amongst others things..

Commissions are welcome.

Thanks for reading.