Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Urban Landscapes in the Gardiner Gallery

Bricklayers on Market Square an oil painting featured in the Urban Landscape exhibit in the Gardiner Gallery.

Stephen Hay has been drawing as long as he can remember; by age twelve drawing likenesses of his classmates and teachers from observation and memory. In 1978 he had the good fortune of becoming a student of Walter Bartman at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD. With Bartman he became immersed in the plein-air tradition of painting and drawing from life. After high school Stephen studied briefly with Ben Summerford, one of Bartman’s mentors, at the American University, then briefly at the University of Maryland with Bill Willis and Ann Truitt. Finally, Stephen returned to Montreal in 1984 and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University. In 1990 he lived and painted in Barcelona, Spain for one year and considers this period the beginning of his career as a professional artist. In 2002, Stephen opened Gallery 141 in Lancaster, PA with fellow artist Alana Hunter, and since 2006 he has maintained a studio in Frederick on 10 North Market Street. He is presently available to do commissions: www.stevehay.net and stephencoulterhay.blogspot.com.

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