The Face of God, 2011
Oil on Canvas
Original size: 137 x 183 cm
Photographer: Dan Hays
Over the past fifteen years or so, Dan Hays has used poor-quality, low-resolution imagery, gleaned from the Internet, to produce oil paintings. Landscapes visited by means of the website of another Dan Hays living in Colorado, and webcams situated in ski resorts have been abiding sources – amongst other things. The relationship between the pixelated, immaterial, instantaneous and encoded realm of the digital, and the tactile, flawed and time-consuming medium of painting is the focus of his work.
Hays has exhibited nationally and internationally since graduating from Goldsmiths College in 1990. He won the John Moores Prize for painting in 1997, and his work can be found, amongst other places, in the collection of the Tate and reproduced in the book Vitamin P. He recently completed a PhD at Kingston University, which included the solo exhibition Screen as Landscape at the Stanley Picker Gallery in 2011. Recent group shows include Film in Space at Camden Arts Centre, London, and A Machine Aesthetic at Gallery North, Newcastle.