BEV HAYES VISUAL ARTIST, PHOTOGRAPHER, PRINTMAKER
Batchelor of Fine Arts (Hons) U.W.E (Bristol)
Studio Practice in Printmaking (SWEDEN)
Trained Photographer in Film & Digital Studios (UK)
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 2020, I have become an active member of Konstnärernas Kollektiv Verkstader, Göteborg and Ålgården Grafik Verkstad, Borås, two well established Print Studios in the West of Sweden.
Practice : Having dedicated the past few years to a full time studio practice in Printmaking and Photography, and more recently in the form of moving images through artist collaborations- has lead me on to intrinsically weave a playful combination all these visual art forms together in a journey of process & discovery. From digital re-interpretations to hands on analogue outcomes in printed form. What is integral to evoke in piece work, is my curiosity in making new discoveries and testing out the creative process in a driven pursuit of itself. My photo constructions come about from discarded printed works into something new, allowing for new possibilities and effort towards minimum waste. Along side my art making I am slowly gathering a backbone of reading in critical issues, field notes and books about our future relationship with the natural environment. I am drawn to ask through visual means, are we now noticing our impact on natural world. This concern dips into the wider epochs of time, learning and understanding from the current Ages of Holocene & Anthroprocene. How in this shared Age of Technological Experience we surround ourselves with can we do more to connect with our environments, work in harmony with our surroundings, give back without detrimental damage, to re imagine a new age of Symbiocence.
My knowledge of Traditional Printmaking, was forged during my degree studies in the Print Department at The University Of the West of England, Bristol, and along side the reputable, Centre for Fine Print Research. I successfully graduated in 1995 with a BA Hons in FINE ART (Printmaking), producing large scale, hand printed wall hangings with narrative emblems of etched text, poetry & fragmented imagery. Then after graduation I pursued a period of working life in leading roles within the Creative Arts Galleries and Institutions, Education Sectors and in Product Service Industry for a range of Photographic Studios, before embarking on my own unique portrait business for several years as a photographer for Bev Hayes Photography in 2005.
Originally from North West England, I now live in Gothenburg, Sweden, where I’m surrounded by stunning natural scenery that has inspired an opportunity to pick up my artistic journey once again. This time with a collective tool bag of experiences and visual insights I've gained along the way. Creating imagery in response to this new environment I came to be in, was a very natural process of decoding the strange unfamiliar beauty around me, to find my sense of place in it, a new sense of belonging, with concerns of it future at the the forefront.
Time in hand has lead me to rediscover and reignite my love for the printing process, which I had spent a long while away from. My practice now comes full circle, relating back to the titles of works made previously, `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 identity in the land I've come to inherit. I record a visual tale of two cities, in ways that disparate yet embracing this duality.
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 figure 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 reconstructions along the way. My captured narrative through an alternative photographic print technique , Photogravure, allows me to capture and adapt along side strong graphic elements, perceptions and connections we have with the natural world.
Photopolymer Gravure is a technique I came across whilst on my degree course, and further developed during my time teaching workshops. But it was In October 2019 that I refreshed my skills 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 my curiosity leads me on to explore the possibilities how this process can be experimented with further, in a safe and less harmful art practice, with minimum impact environmentally. Please see Fine Art Prints for more info. A more detailed description of Photopolymer Gravure can be read on this very comprehensive website :
Link to Photopolymer Gravure .
In 2019, I initiated a project to develop basement space for a Print Studio, to research less toxic, safer working methods for myself and in collaboration with fellow printmakers as a member of Konstnärernas Kollektiv Verkstad in Gothenburg and more recently as a member of Ålgården Konstnärernas Verkstäder & Galleri, Borås. Enabling to make developments within these three creative spaces, and an opportunity to explore and exchange with others, alternative forms of printed photographic imagery.
The printmaking and photographic studio will also become a creative spring board for my portfolio development, leading to exhibitions, commissions, art tuition and workshops.
Soon I will be offering a tailored Editioning Service for other artists and photographers to reproduce their images into a series of Fine Art Print works via the method of Photopolymer Gravure.
For more information about EDITIONING WORKS, commissioning a personal project, feel free to drop me a line...
Look forward to hearing from you,
May 2020 (updated Dec) 2020