Hayden Kays is a London-based artist whose practice encompasses painting, sculpture and printmaking. He is widely described as one of the most provocative artists of his generation for his celebration and critique of the culture industry which demonstrates classically trained sensibilities mediated by thoroughly contemporary concerns. Kays' work is characterised by bold imagery, often drawn from popular culture and art history, acerbic word-play, traditional craftsmanship and deadpan humour. Using everyday references and pithy witticisms, his work relates to and subverts the canon of the Pop Artists of the 1950s and the Young British Artists movement of the 1990s.
Kays has been touted as the YBA's heir for the street art generation, spearheading the evolution of the movement in the UK today. His hard-hitting messages, which blur the lines between capitalism and culture, human sensibility and the machine age, have caught the eye of patrons and supporters such as contemporary art bad boy Jake Chapman. His work is held in the private collections of such luminaries as Harry Styles, Jude Law and Noel Fielding, and has enjoyed international exposure from platinum-selling band The Kooks, who used Kays' work 'Sending My Heart' as the cover artwork for their latest album. Recent exhibitions include The Hot 100 (2013), This is Not a Bomb (2014) and The Top Ten (2015), which has enjoyed critical and commercial success on its ongoing global tour, having so far called at London, Paris and Dubai. As part of his tireless commitment to charitable causes, Kays has been honoured to exhibit his gloriously witty take on the classic design of a Stormtrooper helmet in Art Wars at the Saatchi Gallery during Frieze London, alongside celebrated artists including David Bailey, Damien Hirst and Yinka Shonibare, MBE.