Toby Haynes
Arthur T Kalaher Fine Art
At The Devon
Oil on canvas 14 x 11 inches
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, where his watercolour The Barn at Bramble Park won Honourable Mention for its meticulous celebration of the glorious disorder accumulated by a neighbour over several decades: the history of a life in a single image.  His paintings, often deceptively simple compositions, feature in many private collections around the UK and in the USA.  Since 2011, his first year of exhibiting in the US, he has had works in numerous shows & galleries, and was awarded a prize at the juried EEAC ‘East End Light’ show for his large pastel study Evening Light, Gerard Drive II.  His poem Warhorse won top honours in ‘La Morte’ at the same venue, quickly followed by two Honourable Mentions for poetry in the next show, ‘Animals’, and a further prize for his painting Fresh Start in the national show ‘Joy’.  The landscape of Eastern Long Island, which has both parallels & contrasts with that of Cornwall, appears increasingly in his work.  He now divides his time between Cornwall, New York City & East Hampton, NY.
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