Home is pleased to be exhibiting a suite of paintings by Hayley Megan French in October. Join us for opening drinks from 6-8pm on Wednesday the 11th. Pictured is Suburban architecture paintings, 2023, acrylic on canvas.
I work primarily in painting, moving between abstraction and representation. I paint the streets of suburbia, homes, yards, and memories of landscapes. I love the capacity of painting to create an intimacy and slowness that can bring different ideas and experiences into conversation with each other. I live on Dharug land in Western Sydney. I believe it is important to engage with the places we live with a renewed wonder and critical attention to better understand who we are and how we live.
Alongside my painting practice, I also write, curate and work as Curator and Artist Development for Parramatta Artists’ Studios. I completed a PhD on Australian Painting in 2015 and work intermittently as a fieldwork researcher in Cultural Economics at Macquarie University. My writing has been published in Sydney Review of Books, ADSR Zine, Art Collector Magazine, Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts Journal and Semaphore. I exhibit regularly in artist-run, regional and commercial galleries around Australia.
Since 2018 I have been developing a major new body of work titled The Pipeline. This project is a portrait of the suburbs I live and work in. It is a growing archive that engages in a conversation of what suburbia means in the Australian imagination.