Art & Artists at The Jasper: Kerry Hays

Kerry Hays
Reactions XI, 2019
36 x 36 in
Acrylic on canvas
Kerry Hays
Reactions XXVIII, 2020
60 x 60 in
Acrylic and graphite on canvas

About the artist:

Working predominantly in acrylic and graphite, Kerry Hays employs ritual variations in tonality and texture as she explores the relational coherence of shape. Hays’ work navigates the boundaries of discretion through careful, responsive action. In a varying palette of luminous, cloth-like layers, her paintings alternate between intuitive fluidity and clearly delineated form in a tactile investigation into rhythm and unity. 

Fascinated with how shapes can function in relation to a new or foreign boundary, Hays creates a language in geometric overlapping. The dynamism of hard-edged forms is purposefully subdued and subtracted to create a transparency where values meet. Hays intuits the space where the viscerally of these shimmering color fields should become bound by the exacting rationality of precise forms. The moment in which these velvety tonalities become a conversation is one created through careful deliberation in a distinct and swiftly executed line.

Hays holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the Southeastern U.S. She works from her studio, The Biltmore, a Midtown Atlanta landmark built in 1924, and welcomes visitors by appointment.

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