James L Hayes is an Irish contemporary artist based in Cork he has multi-disciplinary art practice, making sculptures, installations, cast iron performance works and films, as well as developing large scale sculptural commissions and public art projects. Hayes’s recent works aim to reinvest a modernist sculptural language, whilst exploring aspects of the casting process as a means by which to interrogate the boundaries between artist, artisan and art object.
His sculptural work aims to draw out the often-incongruous relationships between finished art objects, and the industrial aspects of the processes that produce these revered objects. This research-based practice also highlights an art historical agenda, through the referencing of key creative influences, such as the noted and celebrated Welsh Artist Barry Flanagan. This referencing or re imagining is brought together with his broader research interests that range from contemporary interpretations of sculptural legacies, to site-specific interventionist works that draw from traces of significant pasts and histories.
Hayes exhibits his works nationally and internationally, upcoming works will be exhibited at The Glucksman Gallery in Cork , The Festival of High Temperatures at The Eeniusz Geppert School of Art & Design in Wroclaw, Poland and recent projects were held at The Regis Center for Arts at the University of Minnesota & The Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota, USA ,The MART Gallery , Dublin, and at McNally School of Fine Arts at La Salle College of Arts in Singapore.
Recent commissions have been created for The Office of Public Works(OPW), The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Other recent works and installations were exhibited at the MART Gallery, in Dublin,
The UNO Gallery in New Orleans, Art Market Budapest and The SUPERMARKET Art Fair Stockholm .
In 2015 he was one of the artists in residence at The Irish Museum of Modern Arts Residency Program and was awarded Cork County Councils Tyrone Guthrie Residency Award in 2019 he has received numerous awards from the Arts Council of Ireland, Culture Ireland, Cork City Council and Cork County Council to support his practice. He is a graduate of The Limerick School of Art & Design, De Montfort University, Leicester and University of London in the UK and he is the principal Lecturer in Sculpture at Crawford College of Art in Cork Ireland.