Born in Rupert, West Virginia in 1929, Max Hayslette is a 1951 graduate of the American Academy of Art in Chicago and also in the fall of that year studied briefly with Egon Weiner and Alexander Archipenko at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Mr. Hayslette says this brief period changed the way he viewed art and his own perception of how he would eventually fit into a life of design and painting. This is when and where he began to appreciate the modernist way of looking at life and painting. At the end of 1951 Mr. Hayslette was granted an internship with Kenneth Olson, one of the original Chicago Seven, composed of leading artists and designers. This was a period when remnants of the Bauhaus movement listed Chicago as its home. Mr. Hayslette remained on the Olson staff for 10 years.
In early 1962 Hayslette relocated to Seattle, WA and was a principle at Berg, Hayslette, Dupar design firm. In 1973 Hayslette founded Olympus Graphics, Inc. and Olympus Atelier on Bainbridge Island, WA. He now lives and works on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State.
“Memory colored by imagination is the root from which my images grow” - Max Hayslette
Mr. Hayslette lists Archipenko and Man Ray as two artists he greatly admires and from whom he has learned much. The artist has studied great works of Asian masters in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Kyoto. He has traveled Europe studying and painting and often paints in southern France and northern Italy as well as the Greek Islands and western Turkey. The artist has been greatly influenced by these travels.
Mr. Hayslette is represented in over 400 private, corporate and public collections, most notably The Max Hayslette Archives Collection at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV; the Rockefeller Foundation; Stanford University; Shoenbaum Library at the University of Charleston; Easley Library at Bluefield College, Bluefield, VA; West Virginia State Museum of Art at Cultural Center, Charleston; North House Museum, Greenbrier Historical Society, Lewisburg, WV; The Jerry West Collection; Department of Fine Arts, Seattle University; Bainbridge Art Museum, Bainbridge Island, WA; Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV; Galerie Jaquin d’Art Paris, Paris, France; American Medical Association; Wells Fargo Bank; Bank of America; IBM; Ford Motor Company; The Smithsonian; and US Embassies around the world.
An abridged list of his showings past and present include:
Artist of Chicago and Vicinity Annual Exhibitions
Art Institute of Chicago
Northwest Watercolor Society Annual Exhibitions
Seattle Art Museum
2003 Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea
Exhibition Momentum Midcontinental 1952
Art Institute of Chicago
Artists of the Mississippi Valley Annual Exhibitions
State Art Museum, Springfield, IL
Allied Artist of West Virginia Annual Exhibitions
Galleries of Morris Harvey College, Charleston, WV
Bev’s Fine Art
Roby King Galleries
Bainbridge Island, WA
Dick Kleinman Fine Arts
Kevin Barry Fine Arts
Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas
Almost Candid Fine Arts
Carrie Goller Gallery