Shortly after I landed in New Orleans, a series of events and gallery openings occurred around Prospect 3 , a new yearly biennale that attracts artists from all over the world. I stopped at a gallery in the Marigny and came across the work of New Orleans artist Hayley Gaberlavage. I was immediately drawn to her color palette and her interpretation of her subject matter. All of the work I saw was intriguing from a personality standpoint and possessed a sense of humor and spirit that I found very inspiring.
I have a serious love of portraiture and the wackier the person is, the more in love I become with the painting. I have a collection of vintage portraits all around my house, and I’m always a sucker for a unique personality. For this reason, and many others I fell in love with Hayley’s work and I reached out to her so that I could learn more about her career as an artist here in New Orleans and take a peak at her studio.
Hayley grew up in Alabama and then moved to Savannah, Georgia to attend graduate school at SCAD . During her time in Savannah, she started working in the art and design community by curating art for spaces and events. Hayley had been painting for some time and figured that she could easily create the art that her clients were commissioning her to purchase for them. Soon she began painting full-time and garnered a local audience that helped give her the confidence she needed to quit art school and move to Manhattan to pursue an art career on her own. She was only in New York for a short while before she realized that the South was where she really wanted to be and moved to New Orleans. Hayley has a huge following in the South and has made a name for herself in the New Orleans art community.
With early dreams of being a photographer, it is no surprise that Hayley gets her inspiration from photography. From vintage photos to current imagery, all of Hayley’s paintings are interpreted from a photograph. This way of working allows her to access an unlimited amount of inspiration and also creates a great business in commissions with her clients. Her color palette is derived from mid-century modern design, and consists of lots of orange, green and blue (my favorites!).
Hayley’s art studio is on the ground floor of her 2 story beautiful home that her and her husband recently renovated in the Lower Garden District. The lighting in this house is spectacular and her downstairs studio is the perfect set up for her to create.
Hayley and her husband Ben, an architect, have a deep love of mid-century design which is reflected in the interior design of their home. The house serves as the perfect gallery for her art which is displayed beautifully throughout the house. Because her house is such a great display of her work and design aesthetic, I wanted to share pictures of the entire house as it reflects her perspective so well.
I’m super excited to meet these wonderful, creative and talented people in New Orleans. Hayley is such a great example of the spirit of New Orleans and her art really speaks to me from a soulful level. Hayley is just as fun as the people her paintings portray and her sense of humor and fun-loving spirit is what New Orleans is all about.
Her love of vintage furniture and her habit of collecting inspired her to recently co-create the Little Flea Nola with her friend Tippi Clark, which is New Orleans first vintage flea market that is put on bi-monthly on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District.