Hayley Gaberlavage is an emerging artist and self-proclaimed vagabond of the Deep South, Hayley's sentiment for bygone attitudes depicts the vibrant slow-pace of Southern afternoons. Some of the things I love about her work are the bright bold colors and the compassionate humor of the characters she depicts on canvas. Her most recent collection of figurative paintings seems to capture the complexity and vitality of the American South and the characters that live in New Orleans.
Haley liberally takes turquoise blues, olive greens, muted tones and unfinished background surfaces to a distinct palette. Hayley’s technique of evaporating background into swarthy brushstrokes allows time into the work, the acknowledgment of memory, which is imperfect, always unfinished, and congruous to the retro aesthetic and mood. She brilliantly evokes the humor from these unforgettable characters caught in the act of their everyday lives. She gives her subjects space and, in turn, they give you themselves.
You can see Hayley's work at the newly opened and renovated Henry Howard Hotel and online on her website.