Terry Hays' "Neighborhood House #2" at Ro2 Art Uptown

You could say a printer is the most important tool for Texas artist Terry Hays. After years of teaching scenic painting at SMU's theater department, Hays left to pursue his own art full-time, and now his work, along with the work of his wife, Kathy Robinson-Hays, is on display at Ro2 Art Uptown.

Cut Copy Paste Paint opened this past weekend, and when gallery owner Jordan Roth sent us this image, we were immediately drawn to the bold patterns and rich textures. Like most of Hays' other works, "Neighborhood House #2" is a visual onslaught of colors and patterns, but it's hard to believe the whole process starts with a printer.

Hays is attracted to art and patterns from other countries including Japan, Australia and Indonesia, and he uses editing software to manipulate these patterns, often enlarging or cropping patterns to alter their appearance. He then prints out the patterns, tapes them on to a wood and Sintra structure and then uses acrylics and other supplies to finish the piece of art. The process is fascinating, and the product beautiful.

See "Neighborhood House #2" (which you can purchase for a cool $3500) and other works by Hays in Cut Copy Paste Paint at Ro2 Art Uptown. The exhibition runs through August 12. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 214-803-9575 or visit ro2art.com.

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