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 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, selling her work at art fairs locally and Internationally. See Projects.

Studio Practice 

My work joins Printmaking and Photography together and more recently experimentation with moving images through video and short film making. I am curious about to all forms of mark making and how they translate as a tactile presence.  Drawing on influences from artist collaborations, I enjoy weaving together the experience and discovery of how the creative process can be documented and retold. Amalgamating the digital process into analogue form is my fascination and keeping traditional print methods alive with a contemporary edge to the final outcomes.

 

What is an important context is moving the work forward by creating ongoing series, often running parallel with one another. Some photo works are made from discarded prints that over time allow for new layers of possibilities and in a resourcefulness to minimising waste in the process. Reusing and reworking prints in more ways than one. The aim is to creative fluid media that has no singular genre or trope pinned to it, but allows for new cross overs between these mediums of expression. Thus they go on re morphing and repeat patterns with a destination themed connection, to be rooted in nature. 

    

Along side a developing body of work lies a gathering of reading material that forms the backbone of research and field notes for creations to be realised - Our 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 to preserve it. With these collected insights during walks and immersions in nature, I offer my 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, what is important to highlight are the landmarks of our existence in nature that otherwise go unnoticed, and worse - ignored. I wonder 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 natures signals in our surrounding environments at a pace in which we can sustain it ?

 

Therein lies a deep questioning concerning the lack of real time consciousness. If we consider Immersing ourselves in small deep wonders, looking for existing harmonies that exist instead of over consumption and a desire for a fast fix approach. Engagement and reciprocity could be the key to turning around fateful future realities into Symbiocence practices.  

 

One representation of this is seen in her recent large project HYPHAE. 

 

Statement Published Bev Hayes Jan 2022

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 home and city based studios since 2017.

 

Hayes' break from being a full time visual artist was a dedication to working in creative arts, running a business and having a family. It's through this tool bag of experiences that now drives making new imagery. Hayes visual insights in response to this new environment she and her family came to be in since 2012. 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 at the core. These regular essential wanderings through nature has not only lead to visual discoveries on a cyclical seasonal basis but a repetitive action of managing her wellbeing that too time to settle.  The circular ritual of making and pulling prints has been instrumental in generating a consistent self care approach and grounding skills as a printmaker.

Time dedicated to 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 and the recent series ELEMENTS OF THE LONG SEASON I - I V

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 print workshops. In October 2019, she refreshed her skills with photogravure at another 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 her own 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 other artists in 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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