Richard Hayman (1942-2007)
Richard Hayman was born in India, raised by a rather stern and autocratic father and an artistic stepmother. His artistic reach spans both Europe and North America. One of his works is hung in Goodenough College, a very well known postgraduate College and residence in central London, England, as well as the National Gallery of Canada.
As a listed Canadian artist he settled and painted in Peterborough, Ontario and taught at Lakefield College School and the Art School of Peterborough for many years. As a teacher he was generous, thoughtful and innovative; and many students and teachers remember him well:
"He enjoyed gathering his students around him as he painted and taught by example, as might a mediaeval master. And he guided people in copying the works of other artists, but he did so with careful explanation that they had to identify the original artist with the title;
"After, whomever" Richard said many times, "Copying is what created great mediaeval artists. It's an important learning tool."
Another memory: "Richard would ride his bicycle through the streets of Peterborough to the art school. And, I don't think I ever saw him when he wasn't wearing his favourite pair of old pinstripe trousers."
And : "Richard had a goal set out in his mind when he taught. He once said in class, "I want you to be aware of potential problems before they happen."
It sounds like he was a very thorough and kind man.
His work has that 'magic realism' that Ken Danby and Andrew Wyeth and Colville brought to the world, exploring a solitary, subjective life within a social setting.
'Baby Bears' is pulled out of a timeless moment in what some people consider to be a timeless sport. Two young friends or brothers deep into a conversation of some import, I imagine. The bats, crushed coke can, helmet and baseball card dropped and strewn on the ground are important accessories that highlight the depth of their commitment. And they absolutely belong there while they discuss strategy. Hayman the artist, intrudes onto holy ground with utter love and respect.
The print is in good condition. The white spot on the boys pants, picture 4, was some fluff I brushed off after I took the photos. There is however, a chip in the glass on the upper left, a missing piece of the glass that you may leave alone or replace. Ready to hang.
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Frame: 30 1/4" x 24 1/4" Image: 24" x 17 3/4"