As an established Brisbane creative, Rick Hayward translates 18 years of traditional sign-writing and 9 years of collaborative public art as a contemporary studio and public art practice alongside his commercial projects.
In response to his commercial background, Hayward navigates the space between craftsman and artist with environmental and anthropological attentiveness. The Artist's practice is built on observation and documentation, research and reflection, and spans large scale murals to studio works utilising skills and materials practiced in traditional sign-writing.
Reductive collagic compositions referencing post-painterly abstraction, through to typographic works grounded in his understanding of commercial sign writing, Hayward's work represents a fluid intertextuality between commercial and contemporary realms.
Excerpt from ‘Divergence’ 2019 exhibition essay by Curator Sophie Kubler -
“Hayward’s contemplation of the intersections between the realms of natural and human, resonates
across the show and in many ways, serves as an underlying goal. As humans globally are closer than
ever to facing the consequences of climate change and the effects of the man-made age of the
Anthropocene, the idea of embracing ‘slow’ philosophy and rebuilding communities and economies with an emphasis on hand-made and locally produced is growing. Amidst this conscious, societal change, it is important to situate the works of this artist, whose highly skilled-based practices, acquired
traditionally and practiced authentically, in a socially and environmentally conscious context.”
2020 ‘R E F U S E’ - The Third Quarter, Brisbane
2019 ‘Trespass’ - Onwards Studio, Newcastle
2019 ‘Divergence’ - The Third Quarter, Brisbane
2018 'Less is more' - 1AMSF, San Francisco
2016 'Louder than letters' - Goodspace, Sydney
Brisbane City Council
Gold Coast City Council
Robina Town Centre
'On Process' podcast
NAVA's Artist Files
No Cure Magazine
Frankie Magazine 'SPACES'
Etihad Airline's Atlas Magazine
The Design Conference
AGDA’s 'First Five Out'