Art Brokerage: Max Hayslette American Artist: b. 1930. Max Hayslette was born in Rupert, West Virginia, in 1930. He completed his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1952, where he studied with Alexander Archipenko and Egon Weiner. Hayslette considers himself a romantic artist, one who seeks to give his work a gentle and spiritual quality. His dreamy landscapes evoke sentiments of warmth, comfort and familiarity as they transport the viewer to numerous exotic destinations in the far corners of the world. Hayslette likes to work on-site for his paintings whenever possible. He takes photos, tenders sketches and creates color notes. He takes particular care in recording atmospheric color temperatures. Mr. Hayslette feels that different areas of the world have very distinct color temperatures. His quest to see the landscape as a flat composition of light and dark stems from his love of Asian woodcuts. He believes that the Asian artist is able to reduce a subject to its simplest abstract form. His strongest attribute as a painter is his ability to see the abstract in his subject. The skeleton of each of his paintings is black and white, two-dimensional abstracts. This gives him the composition, the weights and balances on which he later hangs the more traditional elements of the subject. After the composition is formed and the painting divided into its planes, foreground, middleground and background, then a color palette is considered that will further enhance the storytelling of the painting. Mr. Hayslette lists Franz Kline and Richard Diebenkorn as two artists he admires. He sees Diebenkom's paintings as abstracted landscapes, flat design rendered on several planes, with strong Asian influences. He studied and admired great works of Asian masters in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Kyoto. The artist has been greatly influenced by these travels. Listings wanted.
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