Peter Hayes, 'Zipwire'
Peter Hayes has an MA in Fine Art from Sunderland University, where he spent three decades as a politics lecturer. Amongst his students, Hayes was known for explaining political dynamics in rapid narrative drawings — skills now seen in his pen and ink illustrations and watercolours.
However, Hayes’s main works are landscapes and ‘peoplescapes.’ When the artist paints natural landscapes in oils, speed gives way to delicacy and precision, so that the viewer gains a sense of being invited step right into the paintings. These landscapes convey some of Hayes’s own intense and immersive experiences in Britain’s countryside as a runner, hiker and pioneer swim-hiker and creator of the ‘Frog Graham Round.’ Hayes’s peoplescapes lie somewhere between the fluid movements of his watercolours and the exactitude of his landscapes.