Toby Haynes|

RJT Haynes read German & Philosophy at Oxford in the days when you could still get away with that sort of thing, before moving to a remote cottage in North Cornwall – a ruggedly beautiful part of South-west England whose unique light & landscape have informed many of his paintings.  A keen environmentalist, he worked for Britain’s largest conservation charity, The National Trust, for a number of years on real pick & shovel projects – in some of Cornwall’s most beautiful coastal & woodland areas, and in all weathers – until deciding to devote himself full-time to painting & writing.  He has held many solo exhibitions in the county, and his paintings now feature in collections around the UK and in the USA.  He began exhibiting in the US in 2011, and now divides his time between Cornwall, New York City, & East Hampton, NY.  He is represented in London by The Art Movement, and in Lincoln by The Elysium Gallery.

“My work is uncompromisingly figurative, but varied in stylistic treatment, content, & medium.  No picture ever turns out exactly as originally conceived: I am not in control of the process, nor would I want to be.  It’s the journey that’s interesting.  I will change my technique or the colours on my palette if it starts to feel too familiar & comfortable.  The materials & subject have a say in what becomes of them, and painting is always a form of negotiation or collaboration between us.  I’m not so much interested in fleeting impressions as in what’s underneath them: everything we see is full of cultural & personal references, just as words are to a poet; and I want to tap into that — a ‘simple’ lamb or apple is abuzz with symbolism.  But images must also ultimately have a life of their own, and make their own connection with the viewer without exegesis, independently of the artist.”