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Emma Hayes / Evocations

Emma Hayes / Evocations / solo exhibition/ 27 March 2019


Please Knock, 2018
oil on canvas, 120 x 140cm

Past Memories, 2018
oil on canvas, 75 x 99cm

Behind the Glass, 2018
oil on canvas, 160 x 160cm

Two hours, 2018
oil on canvas, 20 x 25cm


Emma Hayes


Berlin Opticians Gallery is proud to present Evocations, the first solo exhibition by the Dublin-based artist Emma Hayes.
Evocations is a series of paintings informed by Hayes’s immediate surroundings, her internalised experiences and childhood memories. In this body of work Hayes uses gestural marks, confident, minimal strokes and colours of various opacities and translucencies to convey personal attachments to her environment and anxieties around home life. 
Painted with a determined lightness of touch, the works depict domestic interiors and scenes where the inhabitants are notably absent: a pink-walled bedroom, teak bookcases in a sitting-room, a bleak view from a kitchen window. 

Despite the absence of a subject, Hayes's approach to composition implies a human presence by amplifying the gaze of the painter, and presents the viewer with a long, lingering view of familiar looking spaces. 

Emma Hayes graduated from the department of Fine Art, Painting in the National College of Art and Design in 2018. The same year she was long-listed for the RDS Graduate Award. Hayes's work is included in private and public collections, including OPW.  

Berlin Opticians Gallery presents and promotes the artists’ works with a scheduled programme of exhibitions available through online documentation every six weeks and punctuated with off-site physical exhibitions and projects in various unique spaces around Dublin.

 For more information about the exhibition or sales please contact: Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll, Director: