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Rick Hayward is a Meanjin (Brisbane) based multidisciplinary artist and maker with two decades experience working with his hands and a passion for craftsmanship. He has learned from some of the world's finest traditional sign writers and furniture makers, and is translating this experience into a studio and public art practice alongside various commercial projects.


With an interest in consciousness and perceptions of reality, Hayward seeks to realise the union of the material and the metaphysical through the craft based practices of verre églomisé and traditional woodworking. His studio work embraces the meditative qualities of discipline and process to investigate elements of the human condition, culminating in harmonious, multi-dimensional works.

Hayward's public artwork explores universal truths that unite and connect humanity through the lens of typography and abstraction. Informed by an intuitive approach to composition grounded in his experience as a visual communicator, his work utilises narrative and letterforms in varying degrees of abstraction to create site specific works.

For a catalogue of available works or to commission new work, please contact here.

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2023 - Sturt School for Wood, Cert IV, Mittagong NSW

2021 - Woodworking Foundations, The Brisbane School of Fine Woodwork, Samford QLD

2018 - Verre Eglomise Intensive, David A Smith MBE (UK), Sydney NSW

2011 - Traditional Signwriting Intensive, New Bohemia Signs, San Francisco USA

2007 - Sign Writing Apprenticeship, Cert IV, Gold Coast QLD

2000 - High School Certificate completed with a focus on Visual Arts and Industrial Arts, Woolgoolga NSW

Solo Exhibitions

2020 'SURFACE TENSION' - Brisbane Powerhouse

2020 ‘R E F U S E’ - The Third Quarter, Brisbane

Group Exhibitions

2023 'Block Show' - Vacant Assembly, Brisbane QLD

2023 Sturt School for Wood Graduate Exhibition, Mittagong NSW

2021 'Mutual Intent' - Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane QLD

2019 'Boiling Point' - The Third Quarter, Brisbane QLD

2019 ‘Trespass’ - Onwards Studio, Newcastle NSW

2019 ‘Divergence’ - The Third Quarter, Brisbane QLD

2018 'Less is more' - 1AMSF, San Francisco CALIFORNIA

2016 'Louder than letters' - Goodspace, Sydney NSW

2016 'The Apprenticeship' - Artisan, Brisbane QLD

Public Artwork

2023 Queensland Rail commission, South Bank station QLD

2021 Queensland Rail commission, Bald Hills QLD

2020 Brisbane Powerhouse commission, New Farm QLD

2019 Queensland Rail commission, Eagle Junction QLD

2015 Brisbane Canvas project with Brisbane City Council, Fortitude Valley QLD

Public Speaking

2018 - PechaKucha, Brisbane Powerhouse

2015 - The Design Conference, Brisbane Powerhouse

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