The work of Mary Hayes mines the expressive, psychological and sociological implications of the head and the human figure. Her paintings of people explore a wide emotional range from the macabre to the tender and speak to the ways in which the self is socially constructed, as well as to the ways in which the self resists such construction.
Mary Hayes has a BFA in Visual Arts from Concordia University, and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Parson’s School of Design in the Dominican Republic. She has received grants from both Quebec and Canada Arts Councils as well as The Adolf and Ester Gottleib Foundation. Her work can be found in private and public collections such as the Art Bank of the Canada Council, Loto Québec, La Grande Bibliotèque du Québec, and La Musée du Québec. She has had several solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions across Quebec and Canada.