...occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold...
James Hayes is a free-lance illustrator, artist and chartered architect based in Ireland. He operates at the threshold of distinct yet inextricably linked design disciplines: (illustration) // (fine art) // (architecture). 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 worked in architectural practice since 2013 whilst concurrently working on self initiated art projects and independent illustration/design commissions. 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. His practice is informed by and borrowing from some of the systems and structures of his architectural education and professional experience.
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 and permeate his work include:
(in no particular order)
liminality / 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.