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Hoffman Gallery showing Figure/Ground


Exhibit examines three decades of Stephen Hayes work

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Oakland Suite Wild Beauty 6 is one of the pieces by Stephen Hayes on display at the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College.

The Hoffman Gallery on the Lewis & Clark campus will exhibit three decades of work by one of the Pacific Northwest’s preeminent painters and printmakers. Stephen Hayes has used the human figure and the landscape as twin muses in his exploration of paint and painterly prints.

Hayes moves easily between painting and printmaking and is known for his rich and fluid monotypes and lithographs. He is less interested in recording than in understanding what he sees: he depicts the essence of nature rather than its particulars. His compositions combine an intellectual and emotional landscape with the subject at hand: stands of trees, pathways and sky become the dominant features in works whose meaning in frequently enigmatic.

An opening reception will be held Sept. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. and an artist’s talk will be held Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. in Miller 105. The exhibition runs through Dec. 15. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free; parking is free on weekends. For more information call the gallery at 503-768-7687.