Born in Rupert, West Virginia, Max Hayslette had his first one-man show in 1946. He studied at the American Academy, continuing on to the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied with Alexander Archipenko and Egon Weiner. Today he is represented in over three hundred private, corporate and public collections, including the Rockefeller Foundation, Union Carbide and IBM. He also has had numerous exhibitions across the United States at the Seattle Art Museum, Art Institute of Chicago and Findlay Gallery, Chicago, to name a few.
Hayslette's love of travel is second only to his love of art. His works have been influenced in various ways by the far corners of the world he has visited. He was so taken by the architecture he saw in Japan that he was moved to design a Japanese style studio. Nestled among the trees in a rural area of Puget Sound, his studio is surrounded by the things he loves most: a series of ponds with koi swimming in them, waterfalls, footbridges and a teahouse for private meditation.
Hayslette considers himself a romantic artist, one who seeks to give his works a warm and gentle spiritual quality. For him, the essence and spirituality of his subject are more important than detail. He finds that he can grasp this spiritual essence more completely when his subject is illumined by the dawn twilight, halfway between light and dark. "Painting is a silent medium, and well suited to exploring the ethereal qualities of early morning light, before the sounds of the day invade the scene," Hayslette states.
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