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Haroun Hayward

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A Painting for Paul Nash and Drexciya (Skylight Landscape), 2023, Oil paint, oil stick, oil pastel, and gesso on panel, 94.1 x 63.3 x 4.9 cm

Haroun Hayward (b. 1983, London) received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting from University of Brighton and an MA in Fine Art Practice from Goldsmiths University, London. He lives and works in London.


Hayward's paintings are a celebration of hybridity, harmoniously converging art historical and musical references with distinct modes of making. The paintings honor what informs Hayward's personal and artistic narrative - rave culture, abstract expressionism, post war British landscape painting and his mother's textile collection. Growing up in North London in the 1990s, his formative years were spent skateboarding, listening to music with his older sibling and catching the tail end of the English rave scene.  


Hayward explores visually communicating sound, specifically the interconnectedness of repetition in music and pattern in textiles. Repetition and remixing, to borrow from music terminology, are key to the artist's painting process. Hayward likens the variation of forms in his paintings to the practice of sampling in electronic music. Often working in pairs, the 'siblings' or 'companions' create a visual tempo between the two. Painting in this way for the past few years comes after a period of not making work - his return to artmaking is defined by a focus on joy: 'I want these works to make you feel good. To remind you of the beauty and hope of dancing in a field with your friends.' (Hayward, 2021)

Haroun has woks in the collections of the Gujral Foundation, Kiran Nadar Collection, Arun Nayar Collection among others. His work has been written about in Art Newspaper, frieze magazine, the New York Times and Architectural Digest.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Hales London (2023), 

Entractes23, Arles (2022)

Indigo+madder, London (2021)

Wellington Club, London (2020)

Selected Group Exhibitions

Modern Art, London

Marlborough Art Gallery, London

Public Gallery, London

French Riviera, London

Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India

Paradise Row Projects, London

AORA, London

Drawing Room, London

Rivington Rooms, London

indigo+madder, London

The Bigger Picture, curated by Bob and Roberta Smith for Mile End Pavilion, UK (2017)

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Craigs Birch Winter, Geometric Grid, 2022, Watercolour on paper, 76 x 56 cm

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AUX88 (Eclipse of the Sunflower), 2023, Oil paint, oil stick, oil pastel, and gesso on panel, 94 x 63.5 x 4.8 cm

Time At Hogchester Arts

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