Growth and Change: Art by Bill Hayner
Today we’re featuring the artwork of Bill Hayner. This artist’s bizarre, bulbous abstractions have a clear organic quality to them, inspired by the growth and change of life forms. The backgrounds of Bill’s paintings vary, often using bright, monochromatic colours, but the positive shapes are all quite similar, fitting in with an overarching series and an obsession with depicting organic, rhyzomatic growth.
Where other artists create bizarre landscapes celebrating pure form, Bill's works are highly emotional and hint at the growth of a baby. I like Bill’s most recent work, Restin’ Place, wherein the artist has created an installation with the same growth motifs that appear in his other works. Details like a bench made of yardsticks and pillows printed with the same pattern as appears in the painting above are quite interesting and speak to a deeper meaning.
Bill also produces ink drawings of the fronts of houses and buildings. I love the incredible detailed that’s gone into these, and the documentary nature of their appearance.