Jeanette Hayes took the Internet by storm and has now taken over the art and fashion industries of New York as well. At the ripe old age of 26, Hayes has become New York’s favorite new artist. Hayes, originally from Chicago, trained at Pratt as a classical painter. She’s also made a name for herself on social media with over 180,000 Instagram followers. Her classical paintings that blended customary practices with modern technology have made her famous.
But she’s not solely a digital artist. She has created mixed-oil pieces that have elements or themes borrowed from technology. These first pieces made a statement because she mixed “the high culture of art history with the supposed lowness of pop culture and mass technology” in what many are calling a Warhol-like style.
She mixes replications of classical paintings with collages of Lisa Frank. She adds the Macbook loading wheel to other replications or makes the paintings appear like desktop screens with scroll bars. She likes to play with the relationship between art and technology, specifically things like image processing and apps like Instagram that make art accessible to the average human. Suddenly anyone can take a photo, run it through an app, and give it artistic quality and share it online.
She’s also worked with live models and taken selfies at an event for Vogue. She took these selfies and combined them with emojis and other digital effects to create unique portraits that used “low-brow” meme themes. This is something she never would have thought to do without the opportunity provided by Vogue. Are selfies and memes low now that they have been mixed with the high fashion models from Vogue? What about now that Hayes is becoming more widely recognized in the New York area?
As for Hayes, she just likes that she can create art and share it with others. It will be exciting to see what life has in store for this beautiful young artist. She certainly has a promising future ahead of her.