Tradition, 1993

Randy Hayes
(American, born 1944)

Location: Airway Heights Correctional Center, Airway Heights


Artist Randy Hayes Tradition is comprised of two figurative paintings. Each panel features a figure leading a horse through a night landscape. The foreground of the paintings are colorful and bright, as if illuminated. The backgrounds are cast in shadow. While the relationship of the panels may suggest a story, Hayes purposefully left the symbolism open to our interpretation.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Department of Corrections.


Mississippi-based artist Randy Hayes creates figurative paintings, drawings, and photographs. He is known for his method of painting directly onto grids of photographs.
Born in Mississippi, Hayes studied sculpture and painting at Rhodes College in Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis College of Art in Tennessee in 1968. He lived and made art in Seattle from 1976 to 2013, where he also ran a bookstore and gallery for several years. He returned to Mississippi in 2013.

Material CategoryPainting - paint on fabric
MediumOil paint on canvas
DimensionsTwo panels, 8 ft x 7 ft each
ID NumberWSAC1992.142.001A-B
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationMississippi, United States
Location Information
AgencyDepartment of Corrections
Artwork LocationAirway Heights Correctional Center
Main state library
WA CountySpokane
Site TypeState Agency
Address11919 W. Sprague Avenue
Airway Heights, WA 99001
Geo. Coordinates47.653770, -117.577901
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