In 1982, Karen Hayman helped found Roar Studios, one of the Melbourne’s earliest artist-run-initiatives. Uninspired by the establishment, Roar artists pioneered raw, experimental and expressionistic art, meeting acclaim with their punk attitude. As art historian Denise Morgan wrote, the Roar aesthetic was “harder, faster, loud”.
After Roar Studios disbanded, Hayman found success as a separate artist. Based in Kyneton Victoria, she is inspired by the region’s “endless skies”. Rather than just see the land, she feels it, producing harmonic vistas that think deeply about the land’s presence. Her work is touched by the surreal, whimsical and sensual.
Hayman is represented in numerous public, private and corporate collections both in Australian and internationally. In Australia, she is collected by the National Gallery of Victoria, ArtBank, New Parliament House and the National Gallery of Australia.