Phil Hayes, Australia
Phil Hayes is an Australian born artist who is living in Hong Kong. He has been involved in making arts since the early eighties. As a modernist pop art artist, he draws his artistic inspirations from his work and life experience in Australia and Hong Kong and the cultural collision he experienced. His work has been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions all around the world. The “dog” has featured in his work for about 20 years now. It began to appear as a part of a series of social commentary works on suburbia in the 80’s and has become an icon and personal trademark. He has also worked in the surf industry for the past 25 years as an artist and designer for two of the worlds biggest surf brands, Rip Curl and Quiksilver. A surfer himself, the surf influence is also seen in his work with the surfboard itself often used as the “canvas”.
In his new series Asiaroo, Phil chooses the emblematic Australian kangaroo as the main character to explore different Asian cultural icons. Each timber laser cut artwork offers a real exploration of Western and Asian cultural differences through animals, manga and celebrities. His themes include Asian beliefs, traditions and political views.