• Olive Hayes

    Water Hole, 2022

    Watercolor on paper

    9 x 12 inches

  • Olive Hayes

    Bath, 2022

    Oil on paper

    12 x 9 inches

  • Olive Hayes

    Vagina (Blue/Violet/Yellow), 2022

    Watercolor on paper

    11 x 8 1/2 inches

  • Olive Hayes

    Vagina (Pink), 2022

    Watercolor on paper

    12 x 9 inches

  • A drawing by Olive Hayes titled Untitled (Crying I), dated 2021.

    Olive Hayes

    Untitled (Crying I), 2021

    Colored pencil on paper

    8 1/2 x 6 inches

  • A drawing by Olive Hayes titled Untitled (Kiss), dated 2021.

    Olive Hayes

    Untitled (Kiss), 2021

    Colored pencil on paper

    4 x 5 1/2 inches

  • A drawing by Olive Hayes titled Untitled (Green Portrait II), dated 2021.

    Olive Hayes

    Untitled (Green Portrait II), 2021

    Colored pencil on paper

    4 1/2 x 5 inches

  • Pre-Renovation Potluck, 2021

    Installation View

    Photo: Cary Whittier

  • A drawing by Olive Hayes titled My Mind, dated 2021.

    Olive Hayes

    My Mind, 2021

    Colored pencil on paper

    10 x 10 inches

The Many Faces of Olive Hayes

Olive Hayes

July 9 -August 29, 2021

Pre-Renovation Potluck

Inaugural Exhibition

May 22 -June 30, 2021

Selected Solo Exhibitions

To whom do I owe the power behind my voice?
Commonweal Gallery
2023

Artists in Residence
Moore College of Art & Design, Goldie Paley Gallery
2020

The NOW
A WAY Online Art Gallery
2020

The Class of 2020
Moore College of Art & Design
2020

Crosscurrents
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Annenberg Gallery
2019

Annual Student Show
Moore College of Art & Design, Levy Gallery
2019

Ovoid and erotic, the subjects of Olive M. Hayes’ (b. 1997) works serve as expressions of uninhibited emotion and sexuality. Their carnal acts are all-consuming, this intensity drawing the inanimate into their orbit. A cartoon-like elaboration on the ancient motif of the bather, these paintings employ the explicit and discard all discretion. Breasts and eyes bulge, fluids drip and spray, hair ripples in between limbs while noses stand erect. Almost extraterrestrial, Hayes’ works playfully capture the potency of uninhibited expression.

Olive M. Hayes lives and works in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. She was born in 1997 in Pittsburgh, PA and earned her BFA from the Moore College of Art & Design in 2020. Her solo exhibition, The Many Faces of Olive Hayes, was presented at MARCH in 2021. Her work has been included in To whom do I owe the power behind my voice? Commonweal Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), Artists in Residence at Goldie Paley Gallery (Philadelphia, PA) and The NOW at A WAY Gallery (British Columbia, Canada) in 2020. She has also exhibited at Levy Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), Annenberg Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), and the Moore College of Art & Design (Philadelphia, PA). 

She received the Deborah Deery ’01, ’12 Memorial Award for Excellence in Art Education in 2020, the Fanny Brennan Scholarship for Excellence in Painting in 2019, and the Virginia E. Lewis Scholarship Fund from The Pittsburgh Foundation in 2018, among others. Hayes was recently selected for the 2021 Rome Art Program (Rome, Italy).

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Olive Hayes
2020
A WAY Art Gallery
Interview by Claire Sarfeld

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