Charles Hayes

Charles Hayes


The attistic talent of. Charles Hayes finds its most natural expression in the western bronze. A native Texan and son of an outdoors writer and hunting authority, he was early exposed to campsite”and pack train, and grew up with a love for the West and its traditions. He is a graduate of the University of Texas.

About his approach to art, F{ayes says: “l strive for a moment of drama. I look at the sculpture base as a miniatlrre stage on which I arrange my props and actors in a composition that not only’pleases the eye, but touches the emotions.” This effect is evident in his “Buffalo Hunter,” in which an Indian, his horse, and a
charging bullbuffalo aref.rozen in that moment of action in which the struggle is climactic but undecided.

Although best known for his western sculpture, Hayes does not limit himself to this theme. For example, his “Flight,” a fantasy of a man soaring exultantly with an eagle, won the Donelson Award at the prestigious Central South Art Exhibition in Nashville.

His technique takes full advantage of the bronze medium. Bronze is strong enough to permit horses to rear and human figures to extend limbs and weapons in realistic gesture, and yet it is capable, through the lost wax casting process, of capturing the mosi subtle detail and texture.

Hayes has won awards with both western and nonwestern works in juried art shows, and he is represented by several of the nation’s most discriminating art galleries.

A video story about Hayes was posted by KLTV on December 2, 2016. Click here view the story.