Hayley Quentin was born in Los Angeles and attended Otis College of Art and Design, receiving a B.F.A. cum laude in 2008. After graduation she spent 7 years living and working in the UK and France before returning to Los Angeles in 2016. Hayley's paintings challenge the conventional representation of male beauty and eroticism in art. Working primarily in oils, she repurposes traditional art making processes to create a lens through which the viewer sees the painted body.
Hayley has exhibited both nationally and internationally including Lava Projects, CB1 Gallery, Big Pictures Los Angeles, and Soft.Core in Los Angeles, Ro2 Art in Dallas, and Musee d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (in collaboration with Juliacks) in France. Her work has been featured in various art publications, including Create Magazine, Polluxzine, and Full Blede. Hayley lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
I paint calm male nudes bathing in quinacridone reds and French Ultramarine blues; of light fleshy pinks, cool grays, and saturated cadmium orange. My paintings are a vision of pomegranate stained lips, flushed cheeks, and impossibly red hands resting along a painterly surface. Simply, I like to look at men, recreate the pleasure of looking with the pleasure of painting, perhaps conflate the two, and then multiply this yet again when the viewer takes pleasure in looking at the paintings. I want the viewer to feel compelled to look. I want to create something so beautiful that they can’t look away.
My paintings are an elaborate myth of depth, and I find it very appealing to have signifiers of this illusion- overly saturated colors, changes in the thickness of paint, changes in application of paint. Taken on their own, each element or representation could be believable, if only for a moment. I want to rest right on the edge between illusion, believability, just on the cusp breaking the spell.