Texas-based artist Terry Hays creates cross-cultural, abstract sculptures adorned with ornate, colorful patterns. Made by cutting and assembling hand-painted pieces of wood and plastic, Hays’ sprawling works are like large-scale pop-up books, bursting with psychedelic landscapes. Hays explains, “My own personal work has followed a never ending path in search of defining and redefining the urban and rural landscape that surrounds me.”
Influenced by the traditional crafts of Aboriginal cultures, the ancient art of China and Japan, as well as street art and full-body tattoos, Hays’ three-dimensional “paintings” are dense with vibrant imagery. “I cut, enlarge, crop and tape together various bits and pieces of information,” he explains, “in an attempt to create a new and exciting visual language.” A series of elaborate sculptures called The Islands resemble diverse coral reefs, with various patterns and textures found on every surface. Other pieces shaped like trees are decorated in frenzied motifs and color.
Find more of Hays’ work on his website.
Texas-based artist Terry Hays creates cross-cultural, abstract sculptures adorned with ornate, colorful patterns.