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Dan Hays: Sanctuary

Dan Hays: Sanctuary

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Edition of 50

Dan Hays came to public attention first with his paintings of guinea pigs. In 1997 he won the John Moores Painting Prize with his painting of a seductive, oversized, empty hampster cage, Harmony in Green.

Between 1996–98 Dan Hays painted eight cages. These were optical explorations of the contrast of the illusionistic cage against a flat background. During this process he constructed a 3D computer model of the original hamster cage to allow him to play with and later adapt it to accommodate colour.

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Dan Hays came to public attention first with his paintings of guinea pigs. In 1997 he won the John Moores Painting Prize with his painting of a seductive, oversized, empty hampster cage, Harmony in Green.

Between 1996–98 Dan Hays painted eight cages. These were optical explorations of the contrast of the illusionistic cage against a flat background. During this process he constructed a 3D computer model of the original hamster cage to allow him to play with and later adapt it to accommodate colour.

Cages are ambiguous objects. They both confine and protect. They are a simple metaphor for the human condition or the creative process.

By a process of trial and error Hays discovered the possibilities of lenticular technology. He then wanted to subvert the technology with animated and 3D elements competing – a logical extension of what happens in the paintings.

Rendering the image in pastoral greens and blues for Sanctuary contrasts with the sinister connotations of a cage as something that separates the occupant from nature.

Additional Information

Weight 6.5 kg
Dimensions 94 x 3.2 x 75.5 cm
Edition Size

50

Materials

Digital cibachrome print, perspex lenticular

Date

2001

Dan Hays won the John Moores Painting Prize in 1997.

Recent solo shows include ‘Interstate’, Christine Park Gallery, London (2015), ‘Screen as Landscape’, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston University (2011); ‘Failing Light’ at Galerie Zurcher, New York City (2009); ‘Deliverance’, Void Gallery, Derry, N. Ireland, 2007, and ‘Across the Water’, The Nunnery, Bow Arts Trust, London (2007).

His work is included in many art collections including the Tate Gallery, Walker Art Gallery, Southampton City Art Gallery, the Arts Council, and Victoria and Albert Museum Collections.

This information was last updated in 2016. For the most up to date information see www.danhays.org