New Regionalism: The Art of Bryan Haynes
Historical figures, Native Americans and local characters inhabit the sweeping views of the New Regionalist paintings by Bryan Haynes. Influenced from an early age by American Regionalist painters Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood, Haynes’s landscape and historical paintings are characterized by sculptural forms, undulating lines, and rhythmic gestures. These paintings celebrate local history and people often ignored in the cultural centers of urban America.
In this beautiful coffee table book, Haynes presents the progression of his art career from the 1980s to the present, including his commercial work and murals, but mainly focusing on what he is best known for: his landscape and historical paintings, particularly those of Missouri. These are carefully researched and the details of historical figures’ clothing, tools, activities, and the surrounding landscape are painstakingly accurate. These details enhance the breathtaking beauty of his landscapes and people.