Artist's Resume: Charles Hayes

Charles Hayes

5722 Gloucester Drive
Tyler, Texas 75707


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About the Artist

The artistic talent of Charles Hayes finds its most natural expression in the western bronze. A native Texan and son of an outdoors writer and hunting authority, he was early exposed to campsite and pack train, and grew up with a love for the West and its traditions.

He is a graduate of Rice University and the University of Texas.

About the Artist's Art

About his approach to art, Hayes says: "I strive for a moment of drama. I look at the sculpture base as a miniature stage on which I arrange my props and actors in a composition that not only pleases the eye, but touches the emotions." This effect is evident in his "Buffalo Hunter," in which an Indian, his horse, and a charging bull buffalo are frozen in that moment of action in which the struggle is climactic but undecided.

Although best known for his western sculpture, Hayes does not limit himself to this theme. For example, his "Flight, " a fantasy of a man soaring exultantly with an eagle, won the Donelson Award at the prestigious Central South Art Exhibition in Nashville.

His technique takes full advantage of the bronze medium. Bronze is strong enough to permit horses to rear and human figures to extend limbs and weapons in realistic gesture, and yet it is capable, through the lost wax casting process, of capturing the most subtle detail and texture.