Mary Hayes' paintings mine the iconography of the head and human figure. Her work is guided by conventions of the portrait genre presented to us through sources diverse as Western Classical painting, Hollywood “B” movies, studio photography, Anime, and Mexican Loteria. These sources - both historical and contemporary - are often conflated in order to evoke a sense of disequilibrium and the multiple, complex narratives that constitute how we inhabit our bodies and navigate our lives.
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.