Close Up interview with Artist David Hayden


David Hayden

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.

Hi I’m David Hayden I’m originally from Adelaide ,and moved to Sydney in 2000.
I have worked in a wide range of industries which included Mining and Exploration, Horticulture and Landscape Gardening, Property Development, Marketing and IT Businesses.
I started painting in the late 90s in traditional watercolour and studied with well known Adelaide water colourists Brian Dobson and Arthur Phillips. I then developed  my own style in the Abstract Watercolour genre.
In 2013 I became interested in  Sculpture and Installation Works which i made and exhibited in large scale. In 2015 I decide to change direction and move to developing a signature style of small scale Mini Sculptures which I found more interesting,e xciting and challenging. I still continue to paint abstract watercolours when I want a break from my Sculpture work

Where do you get your inspiration from when you create?

My inspiration comes very early in the creative process it’s actually when I go out hunting and searching for materials to work with that I feel have some uniqueness. I may head off to the beach to look for some interesting rocks or other found natural or man made objects . Or maybe just drop into some bric brac shops or markets to find some interesting items I can work with …..So that’s my starting point. Some pieces just don’t always work at the time but I’ll keep them anyway for some other work later on ……
BMX Boys

“BMX Boys”

13 x 13 x 12cm $190

What are the five words that people who know you would use to describe you?

Gregarious ,reliable ,creative , focused ,patient

 How do you usually plan your daily activities?

 I like to start work in the  studio early around 8.30 am when I feel fresh and the ideas are flowing I usually finish by midday unless I have a big project that requires completion then I’ll take a break and keep working.


15 x 15 x 19cm $170

As an artist, what is your biggest frustration?

I have none really I try to keep things very simple I just do the things that require to be done or need attention the rest takes care of itself

How do you connect with other artists, and your customers (i.e. how do you network)?

I  visit as many art exhibition openings as possible talk to artists and art lovers  and keep my social media fresh and interesting.

Your advice to artisst who are just starting out?

 Learn how to Market yourself to the max using a range of tools including Social Media

How did ArtSHINE Business coaching discovery session help you and your art business?

 Assisted me to get a clear picture of what I wanted and set up a plan to achieve those objectives

What is your proudest moment so far?

Winning The Award of Excellence at the Royal Sydney Show 2015 for the Best  Sculpture
And the 1 st Prize and Highly Recommended Award for 2 Miniature  Sculptures  Royal Sydney Show 2015 in the category.
The MechanicThe Mechanic
13 x 13 x 12cm $200

Who do you most want to meet and why?

Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生) a Japanese artist and writer.
 Kusama’s work is based in conceptual art and shows some attributes of feminism, minimalism, surrealism, Art Brut, pop art, and abstract expressionism, and  infused with autobiographical, psychological, and sexual content.

What is the most important lesson in life that you have learned?

” The only thing I know for sure is that I know nothing for sure ” Albert Einstein
“Wealth is the transfer of money from the inpatient to the patient ” Warren Buffet

What movie you recently seen and do you have a movie you would like to recommend?

The Big Short Recent
Peggy Guggenheim Art Addict   Recommend

Where do we find you and your products?

ArtSHINE Gallery – Showcasing my Mini Sculptures
Battle of the sim“The Battle of the Sim”
13 x.13 x 12cm  $220

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I am a Business LifeStyle coach who specialises in working with artists, designers, crafters and all creative professionals. Myself and my partner Stuart Horrex are here to help you to achieve your Life & business goal and dreams. We have had over 20 years experience in finance, retail,furniture,food,wine fashion,crafts and hospitality.

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