Cinc Hayes’s artwork is inspired by many years of traveling across the world. A Chapel Hill native, he has journeyed across the USA, Canada, Europe, Eastern Europe, Central America, Africa, Scandinavia, to the edges of the North Pole and back again. Energies of these landscapes, people and animals reveal themselves through vibrant layers of color and texture on canvas. Memories and thoughts are captured in a single storyboard under disparate circumstance; a story to tell with no beginning or end. The layers of paint, fabric, sequins, sparkles and found objects form a collective expression that under closer inspection, the viewer can explore, and get lost in. Thus the viewer creates their own story, their own piece of art—and connection to it.
Cinc currently resides outside Chapel Hill in a old 1930s farm house and is enjoying creative carpentry projects, like custom cedar fences, gates, flower beds or walkways, and finds it another avenue for creative expression. He is dedicated to sharing art with children and families, having toured for a year as part of Crayola’s 100th birthday (2003, teaching art in disadvantaged areas and at Children’s Hospitals), and he continues to donate art time once a week at the Ronald McDonald House.
Characterized by vibrant colors, fanciful subjects and intricate mazes of abstractions, the mixed media works of artist Cinc Hayes echo the landscapes of far-away lands.Sketch pad in hand, Hayes traveled the world: from the stark landscapes of Northern Norway to the lush and verdant rainforests of Central America and the towering gleaming cities in between. The body of work on display was inspired by his journey and conveys a narrative infused with the folkloric elements of an epic odyssey: an ancient ship alone at sea, fantastical creatures concealed within a visual labyrinth of texture, color and pattern. At home in the Carolinas, he finds inspiration from the natural beauty of local woods, lakes and rivers. Kayaking to remote islands with his easel, paints, and Winston Churchill (his dog), the solitude unfolds a vitality in the landscape uninterrupted by everyday distractions.
In addition to a formal background in studio art, the artist has a degree in philosophy and Religous studies that lends a multilayered complexity to his work. And in looking closely, one can imagine the winding swirls of the artist’s subconscious guiding his hand. It is easy to get lost in the intricate motifs and the energetic movement of brushstrokes as one’s eyes travel along the richly textured surfaces studded with unusual objects and materials.