Hayley Arjona

Born in 1976, Hayley Arjona is an Australian artist based in North Central, Victoria. She works out of a converted hay barn on a farm where she raises free-range pigs. Arjona studied for a Masters of Fine Art at the Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne in 1999, before beginning her career as an artist. She paints in her studio while blasting out “progressive psy-trance or Doom/Sludge metal and Psychedelic rock,” she told the website Dangerous Minds in 2017. “It helps her get into the right mood to produce such brilliant luminous nearly Day-glo canvases. To get the colours just right she mixes fluorescent dry pigment into oils – ‘Once bitten by these hyper colours it’s hard to look back!’” For critic Chris McCaullife: “Australia has always had its own version of the gothic, from Marcus Clarke through Albert Tucker and on into Wake in fright and Wolf Creek. Arjona has discovered something of it in her relocation from Melbourne’s inner west to North Central Victoria. Nice folks … friendly, unpretentious. Things just get a little out of hand when the Barnsey CDs are dusted off half-way through the slab.” Her recent solo shows include Caged in Flesh, C3 Gallery, Abbotsford Victoria (2019) and Overripe – Trocadero Art Space, Footscray Victoria (2017). Recent group shows include Carny at Neon Parc, Melbourne, and Shit that I like at Nicholas Projects, Richmond, both 2019, and Unfinished Business – on art and feminism, ACCA, Melbourne (2017/18).