ABOUT 

Bev Hayes  
Visual Artist - Photographer - Printmaker 

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UK
Batchelor of Fine Arts (Hons) U.W.E (Bristol)
Trained Photographer in Film & Digital Photography Studios (UK) 1996 - 2005

Bev Hayes Photographic Studio  2005 - 2012
Member of Hot Bed Press, Salford, UK, 2021

Sweden
Printmaking Studio Practice since 2017
Member Ålgården Konstnärernas Verkstäder & Galleri, Borås 2020
Member Konstnärernas Kollektiv Verkstad KKV BGB  2020
Ansvarig för Koppargrafik ​ ( Delat ) Jan 2022
Print workshop manager KKV GBG Since Jan 2022
 

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Creative Biography   

British born Visual Artist based in Sweden, working in the media of Visual Arts, Digital Photography and Analogue Printmaking from a self developed print studio since 2017. After graduating with a Batchelor of Fine Arts from the UK, (BFA Hons in Studio Arts and Printmaking) Hayes went on working in the arts sectors, taking on teaching roles, as a gallery manager before running a photographic portrait studio before moving with her family to Sweden in 2012.

 

In 2020, she became an active member of Grafiken Verkstad at Konstnärernas Kollektiv Verkstader, Göteborg and Ålgården Grafik Verkstad, Borås, two  fully equipped, established Print Studios on the West Coast of Sweden. For the over two years now she has gone on to make collections of Photopolymer Gravures and form collaborations with Gothenburg based and International Artists for exhibitions and film projects, locally and Internationally. See Projects.

Studio Practice 

In Printmaking and Photography and more recently in moving images through video and short film making, Hayes draws on influences from artist collaborations, and weaves together experience and discovery into process as the main drive in her working ideas. Amalgamating the digital process into analogue form is a fascination with keeping traditions alive and yet still contemporary in its final outcome. 

 

What is an important context in a piece work is moving the work forward by creating ongoing series, often running parallel with one another. Some photo worksheet made from discarded prints that over time allow for new layers of possibilities and in a resourceful effort towards minimising waste in the process. Reuse - rework resolution is a tendency in more ways than one. The creative media she uses are not fixed because the aim is to create a body of work that has no singular genre pinned to it, but allows for new cross overs between these mediums of expression. Thus they go on to amalgamate and re morph. These repeat patterns get made as a variation of a theme. So you see their connection yet in a new form.

    

Along side a body of work, lies a gathering reading material that forms the backbone of her research and field notes for creations to be realised and is to do with relationship with the natural world.  Her questioning emerges on how we respond and manage our place and wellness within our changing natural environment and at the same time living in it to preserve it. With these collected insights during walks and immersions in nature, Hayes offers us her response as tiny momentary glimpses into hidden underworlds, and re-imagined excepts of otherworldly dimensions. Playing with scenes of the sensory kind, experiences start with treading through forests, climbing coastal rocky crags to retracing trampled routes in localities, Hayes highlights landmarks of our existence in nature that otherwise go unnoticed, and worse - ignored. Hayes wonders with an abundance of new technology around us, and all our digital experienced needs continually met at a press of a button, can we still connect and learn from signals in our surrounding nature.

 

A concern for lacking the real time consciousness, to be fully engaged and present. Immersing ourselves in small deep wonders, look for harmony that exist with already and be aware of over consumption and a desire for a fast fix approach. 

Fateful future realities though Symbiocence practices, is seen in her recent large project HYPHAE,

and is just one representation of this. 

 

Statement Published Bev Hayes Jan 2021

Print Background

BA Hons in FINE ART (Printmaking)

Grounding knowledge in all forms of Traditional Printmaking was forged at Print Departments; University Of the West of England, Bristol, and along side the reputable, Centre for Fine Print Research. and John Moores University, Liverpool.

Printmaking Tutor at The Bluecoat Arts Centre, Print Room, Liverpool 

Photopolymer gravure course leader at Konstnärernas Kollektivverkstad, Gothenburg. 

Ongoing print practice in studio since 2017.

 

Hayes' break from a full time visual artist was due to her dedication to working in creative arts, running a business and having a family. It's through all these experiences and a collective tool bag of experiences goes towards making new imagery. Hayes visual insights in response to this new environment she and her family came to be in. Leading to a very natural process of decoding the strange unfamiliar beauty around her, to find a sense of place in it, a new sense of belonging, with awareness of understanding nature around us at the core. These regular essential wanderings through nature has lead to not only visual discoveries on a cyclical seasonal basis but a repetitive action of managing wellbeing that has propelled her creative art making forward. The circular ritual of making and pulling prints has been instrumental in generating a consistent dedication to work and wellness in her settling process and skills as a printmaker.

Time dedicated has lead her to reignite the love for the printing process. Her practice now comes full circle, relating back to the titles of works made previously during her degree studies, `Translations I, II, II' ,  'A Poetry of Place'  and 'Leaving a place you are connected to ´.  

 

"Rekindling my print practice in the light of a new set of circumstances, seasonal impressions and the search for creative identity and synergy in the land I came to inherit being in. I record my tale of two cities, in ways that are both disparate yet embracing in its duality."  

 

Emblems of this can be seen in her focus on Land Art series of works :  WEBLAND, UNDERLAND, HYPHAE, BOTANICAL    

Interpreted Process 

´What I set out to capture, with a tool of digital means, is in direct impulse and sensory response to experiences of light and shadow over contrasted forms. Catching these sensory instances in a micro and macro manner and sometimes more expansive scenes deal with the relationship between spacial depth and solitude of a figurative form, not always human, within that experience. Printmaking is the means in which I can process and channel this amalgamation into being. A slowed down process from digital to analogue, with de and reconstructions along the way. Capturing ambiguous narratives along side strong graphic forms are important elements in her work. Often connected to personal experiences. Recordings represent her perceptions and connections with the natural world, our place in it and our instinct to sustain it.  Bev Hayes 2020

 

Photopolymer Gravure  is a technique Bev brushed with whilst on her degree course, and further developed teaching workshops.

In October 2019, she refreshed her skills with photogravure at a Printmaking Workshop in Copenhagen, Grafisk Eksperimentarium, learning from the very knowledgeable printmaker practitioner Henrik Bøegh. Now at the very cusp of discovery again to explore the possibilities of how this process can be more experimental, with safe use and with minimum impact environmentally.  

 

Fine Art Prints  for more info. 

 

Studio Development   

During 2019, Hayes initiated a project to develop space for a personal Print Studio, to test and research less toxic, safer working methods for herself and in collaboration with fellow printmakers as a member and workshop manager of Konstnärernas Kollektiv Verkstad  in Gothenburg and more recently as a member of Ålgården Konstnärernas Verkstäder & Galleri, Borås.

 

Joining these workspaces has enabled her to get to know the art scene in Gothenburg and Sweden. Developments within these creative spaces is an opportunity to explore and exchange with others, alternative forms of printed photographic imagery. Forming connections with other artists and gaining collaborations is intrinsic to Hayes naturally adaptable and open persona.

The printmaking and photographic studio Hayes has built up will also become a creative spring board for portfolio development, leading to exhibitions, commissions, and future art tuition and workshops.  

 

LEARN PHOTOPLOYMER GRAVURE AT KKV GBG

 

NEW for 2022  - Workshops to be announced soon     www.kkvgbg.se 

 

 

PHOTOPLOYMER EDITIONING SERVICE 

Welcoming artists and photographers to re imagine their images into a series of Fine Art Photopolymer Prints.

Producing  a set of Photopolymer Gravure. If you would like a tailor made series made in this technique - feel free to contact me about COMMISSIONING EDITIONING ARTWORKS. To commission a personal project into prints we can arrange a studio visit and we have a chat with some previous examples with photographers. 

Look forward to hearing from you, 

 

Bev

Published May 2020

(updated Sept  2022) 

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