Jen Wink Hays

Jen Wink Hays Press: Our Newest Artist Crush Takes Us on a Tour of Her Light-Filled Philadelphia Studio, September 28, 2019 - Fiorella Valdesolo

Our Newest Artist Crush Takes Us on a Tour of Her Light-Filled Philadelphia Studio

September 28, 2019 - Fiorella Valdesolo

“My studio is open and flexible, which works really well for my process,” says Philadelphia-based artist Jen Wink Hays, whose paintings and sculptures feature a compelling interplay of forms and colorways (think: sage, burnt sienna, and ochre with a shot of Schiaparelli pink). Her airy space, a series of conjoined classrooms within a sprawling old schoolhouse, is set up with various zones so Hays can juggle a few projects at once—of which there are many.

Seeing between the layers with Jen Wink Hays’ Vacationland show

March 30, 2017 - Nico Kos Earle

“Passion lies between one mark and the next, and also within all of them.” Howard Hodgkin

Jen Wink Hays paints with the canvas flat on her studio table, peering down into its emergent world like a bird in the sky. Playful and beguiling, her paintings and works on paper induce a sense of wonder, curiosity and even elation. It is a feeling akin to looking out of the airplane window flying high above the clouds, perhaps en route to a favourite place. The eye searching, the mind wandering and the heart dreaming, hence the title to her first show opening in Miami at Art Bastion on the 22nd of April: Vacationland.

Jen Wink Hays Press: At Home With Minted Artist Jen Wink Hays, June  9, 2016

At Home With Minted Artist Jen Wink Hays

June 9, 2016

Hailing from a small town in Maine, Jen Wink Hays barely touched a paintbrush before moving to New York City for college. She began painting while studying at Barnard College, where she completed a dual major in Visual Arts and Art History. Following graduation, Hays went on to establish Utility Design, a NYC-based design firm, and Blue School, a progressive, independent school in lower Manhattan.

With a passion for exploring naturally occurring patterns, and finding the commonalities and contrasts between the natural and the man-made, Hays’ unique perspective is quite evident in her works. Today, the artist spends her days painting, full-time, and raising her three little ones (plus two dogs!) along with her husband, Tyler. Here, Hays, touches on her inspirations and the two things she simply can’t live without.