Rick Hayward is an established Brisbane creative traversing the space between craftsman and artist. Hayward translates 18 years of traditional sign-writing into a contemporary studio and public art practice, alongside varied commercial projects.


Utilising social, environmental, and anthropological discourse to inform his work, Hayward refocusses his commercially acquired skillset to investigate sociocultural value systems and constructed identity in relation to the human condition.

Hayward's work spans large scale murals, through to studio artworks utilising techniques and materials practiced in traditional sign-writing. Exploring typographic arrangements and hard edge abstraction with reductive design principles, his practice represents a fluid intertextuality between the 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 'SURFACE TENSION' - Brisbane Powerhouse

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

2019 ‘Trespass’ - Onwards Studio, Newcastle (Group)

2019 ‘Divergence’ - The Third Quarter, Brisbane (Group)

2018 'Less is more' - 1AMSF, San Francisco (Group)

2016 'Louder than letters' - Goodspace, Sydney (Group)

Commercial Clients



Brisbane City Council

Balter Brewers

Gold Coast City Council

Pacific Fair


Robina Town Centre

Queensland Rail


'On Process' podcast

NAVA's Artist Files

No Cure Magazine

Frankie Magazine 'SPACES'

Etihad Airline's Atlas Magazine

Public Speaking

Design Stories

The Design Conference


AGDA’s 'First Five Out'