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Recently I have been drawn to the idea and image of the flower as a metaphor for the human experience. Rooted in the darkness of the soil, flowers grow towards and seek the light. Likewise, human beings, at their best, naturally strive towards the light of understanding and greater consciousness, though we too are rooted in the darkness of the unconscious. This striving fulfills the need for growth, yet all living things are born to die, and so there is a balance between the natural processes of birth, growth, death and decay. It is the natural order of things. Thus, suffused with light, the image of the reaper as a darker form in the landscape, represents the vulnerability of all life to the reaper's blade - the constant presence of death in life, yet life still strives and continues to grow.


PublisherMichael Hayter
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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 Boy With The Golden Crab
Painting, 12x15 cm (w/h)
Painting, 26.8x35.5x0.1 cm (w/h/d)
Ship Of Fools
Painting, 22x16 cm (w/h)
An Uncanny Landscape
Painting, 154x177x5 cm (w/h/d)
Hugging The Blackthorn
Painting, 7.7x12.7 cm (w/h)
Soldier Smoking
Painting, 29x32x3 cm (w/h/d)
Jacob And The Angel
Work on paper, 26.8x36.1x0.1 cm (w/h/d)
Man With A Ball Of Soil
Work on paper, 25x30x3 cm (w/h/d)
Old Man, Seated
Painting, 30x30x3 cm (w/h/d)
The Poet Drinks
Painting, 59.4x84.1x0.1 cm (w/h/d)