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About the work

This piece, depicting a solitary old man, seated and looking out at the viewer, is one in a series of four on the subject of old people with dementia. The idea came from the experiences of visiting my mother who was in a care home for those suffering with the effects of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. The people in the home seemed so broken and vulnerable that it was painful to behold. I started drawing versions of these poor souls onto discarded pieces of MDF (which came from a dismantled plinth for a sculpture - hence the screw holes) as it seemed to reflect the sense of damage and neglect (by greater society) that these people were experiencing. The images as individuals serves to emphasise their states of isolation. Incidentally, I sold one of the series at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2018.


PublisherMichael Hayter
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Certificate of authenticityIncluded

About the artist

I'm primarily a figurative painter of the human condition, taken from the perspective of personal experience. Although I originally trained to be a veterinarian, I have always drawn and painted and now balance my life between these two disciplines. My work really started when, having suffered for many years with depression , I began to create from this dark space and found a rich seam of both imagery and meaning there – with all the moral and existential difficulties it presents. My childhood is a powerful influence and a rich source of material. This has led to a flowering of creativity that touches on the profound, and often religious or spiritual experiences of being human. I went to art school in London in the '90s and now have a studio at Spike Island Artspace, a world-renowned centre for contemporary art, situated in Bristol, UK Having worked in a variety of media, I'm now predominantly focuses on painting and drawing but also recently branched out into sculpture and animation. I have exhibited in London, Bristol, Bath, Cambridge, Nottingham, Bordeaux, France (2015) and Maastricht, Netherlands (2016). I have collaborated with French artist Olivier Specio on the project At Last We Fly (2015). My work is features in private collections in the UK, France, Belgium, Holland and the US.

Other work of Michael Hayter

The Spirit Of Self-Reflection
Painting, 36.5x27.5 cm (w/h)
A New Arrival
Sculpture, 150x174x80 cm (w/h/d)
Passing Consciousness
Painting, 37.6x27.5 cm (w/h)
Soldier Smoking
Painting, 29x32x3 cm (w/h/d)
Man With A Ball Of Soil
Work on paper, 25x30x3 cm (w/h/d)
Childhood Friends
Painting, 26.7x37.8 cm (w/h)
Ship Of Fools
Painting, 22x16 cm (w/h)
An Uncanny Landscape
Painting, 154x177x5 cm (w/h/d)
The Boy With The Golden Crab
Painting, 12x15 cm (w/h)
Young Man Telling An Old Man About The World Outside
Work on paper, 21x15 cm (w/h)