"Hayward’s creations are strange fruit indeed, but they are compelling" (Nicholls 2007)
Born in London, Hayward left home on his bicycle at the age of 16 and headed north for the Shetlands in search of a dream. The search for a dream transformed into a search for myth, a theme that can be followed through his artwork. Hayward emigrated to Australia in 1976, settled in Adelaide and found some sanctuary in being a father, studying art and furniture making. The stability of family and work life has been juxtaposed with a relentless need to dig deeper into the metaphysical and find some meaning to existence in art and images. This is reflected in the diversity of approaches to Hayward’s art making that can be seen in the following pages. He currently works as an archaeologist and is a PhD candidate at ANU researching the rock art of Western Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia.