“Motifs and symbols such as horses, trees, boats, water, roads and figures have always been used throughout Hayman’s career to explore and reflect feelings, thoughts and desire’s”
Karan Hayman’s art practice focuses on painting, drawing and printmaking. Hayman’s carefully structured canvases are distinguished by their highly personalised and often surreal, whimsical approach. Hayman lives and works on a small farm at Kyneton in Central Victoria. The surrounding landscape and what Hayman describes as Kyneton’s “endless sky’s” have influenced and inspired her recent works mixed with the eternal influence of the dramatic coastline of The Great Ocean Road. Motifs and symbols such as horses, trees, boats, water, roads and figures have always been used throughout Hayman’s career to explore and reflect feelings, thoughts and desire’s. Hayman likes to blend the natural world with the mystery of the unknown the spiritual.The textured surfaces are palpably sensual, flowing seascapes and landscapes ambiguous in an arresting and mysterious yet always warmly lyrical way.
Hayman studied Fine Art at RMIT in 1980 and while still at Art School in 1981 was a Founding member that established Roar Studios Artist Run Co Operative and Gallery in Fitzroy Melbourne. Hayman completed Post graduate studies at RMIT in 1992. Hayman has held numerous solo exhibitions in Australia and Tokyo and has been represented in numerous group exhibitions in around Australia including National Gallery of Australia Canberra, Heidi Art Museum, Shepparton Regional Art Gallery, Benalla Regional Gallery ect and most recently Ponlyland Exhibition at Logan Art Gallery Qld as well as Group exhibition’s in Tokyo and USA. Hayman’s work is held in the collections of National Gallery of Australia Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Bank, New Parliament House Collection, Kyneton Collection Macedon Ranges Shire Council, Bailieu Myer Collection, Gaden’s Sydney, Zurich Insurance Melbourne, Sangi Company Collection Tokyo and numerous private collections in Australia, Europe, USA and Japan.