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A boy sits in a darkened landscape which appears to be populated by strange white plants - it looks almost like he may be on the seabed, surrounded by pale, floating seaweed. In his arms he cradles a golden crab and he looks down at it as if it is a well-loved teddy bear, perhaps with some consternation because this creature is not soft - at least on the outside....and it can nip with those large pincers. The crab looks back at him, waving its pincers. I think of this image as a stark contrast between the vast, darkened, cold (but for the warm orange of a setting sun) seascape and the tenderness of the boy, in his warm blue sweater, lovingly cradling this precious but "spikey" creature.


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

Hugging The Blackthorn
Painting, 7.7x12.7 cm (w/h)
Jacob And The Angel
Work on paper, 26.8x36.1x0.1 cm (w/h/d)
Soldier Smoking
Painting, 29x32x3 cm (w/h/d)
Young Man Telling An Old Man About The World Outside
Work on paper, 21x15 cm (w/h)
Passing Consciousness
Painting, 37.6x27.5 cm (w/h)
A New Arrival
Sculpture, 150x174x80 cm (w/h/d)
The Poet Drinks
Painting, 59.4x84.1x0.1 cm (w/h/d)
Old Man, Seated
Painting, 30x30x3 cm (w/h/d)
Painting, 38x28 cm (w/h)
Painting, 26.8x35.5x0.1 cm (w/h/d)