Dennis J. Hayes IV a.k.a 7teen


With the exception of his studies at Alfred University artist Dennis Hayes IV, has dwelled in the aftermath of industrialized blue collar cities (Buffalo, New York and Detroit, Michigan). Hayes pulls a great amount of inspiration from these rust belt metropolises along with scientific and technical approaches of the naturalist arts movement, influences of niche counter cultures and his background in industrial design and has integrated it into a signature style of harvesting found materials to create subtle, but politically, environmentally, and culturally charged multi layered "portraits" of living organisms. The use of symbolism through geometry and composition add a highly graphic and textured environment in which his subjects reside within the images. His work has been gaining demand and has lead to recent exhibitions in such cities as Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Portland, Toronto, Montreal and Hamburg Germany.

Born: Buffalo, NY 02 / 1977

Resides: Detroit, MI

Education: BAFA Alfred University, Alfred NY 1999


Solo Exhibitions


Re:View Gallery / TBA / Detroit MI



Thinkspace Gallery / Against the Grain / Los Angeles CA



Le Gallery / Guilty as well / Toronto ON


Selected Group Exhibitions



Distinction Gallery / Infinity Squared / Escondido CA

DVA Gallery / Hayes and Rettker / Chicago IL



The Wind Up Gallery / Deck the Halls / Mesa AZ

DVA Gallery / Picks of the Harvest Chicago Invasion / Chicago IL

GM Design Gallery / Hostile Takeover / Warren MI

Thinkspace Gallery / Global Storming / Los Angeles CA

University of Michigan Work Gallery / Lab and the Studio / Ann Arbor MI

ISM projects @ Thinkspace Gallery / Untitled Love / Los Angeles CA

Gallery 1988 SF / Back for Seconds / San Francisco CA

Boontling Gallery / People are Everywhere / Oakland CA

Compound Gallery / 3 Course Meal / Portland OR

Thinkspace Gallery / Picks of the Harvest 4 / Los Angeles CA

GM Design Gallery / 5x5 / Warren MI

Limited Addiction Gallery / Elevations / Denver CO

Nichols Gallery @ Pitzer College / Eco / Claremont CA



Feinkunst Kruger / Don’t Wake Daddy / Hamburg, Germany

Thinkspace Gallery / Square Foot / Los Angeles

Plan B / Beats and Pieces / Detroit MI

Primary Space / Potluck II / Hamtramck MI

Thinkspace Gallery / Picks of the Harvest 3 / Los Angeles CA

The Sunset Room / The Feast / Victoria BC

1988 Gallery / Paper Pushers / Los Angeles CA

1988 Gallery / I am 8-bit / Los Angeles CA

Sweatshop Inc Gallery / C.H.U.D. / Seattle WA



Covivant Gallery / 813 VS 313 / Tampa Bay FL

Le Gallery / A Different Honest / Toronto ON

Cranbrook Forum Gallery / BMX Stunt Spectacular / Bloomfield Hills MI

GM Design Gallery / Holiday Show / Warren MI

Pr1mary Space / Potluck / Hamtramck MI

Detroit by Design / Circus Detroit / Detroit MI

Halo Salon / Castle Me In / Seattle WA

Now Here Fast / Ghost Town / East Hampton MA

Pr1mary Space / From Four Zero One / Hamtramck MI

Detroit by Design Gallery / It’s OK We’re Here/ Detroit MI

Lo Fi Gallery II / Goodtimes / Detroit MI

Pr1mary Space / Pr1mary Red / Hamtramck MI

C-POP / MC2 / Detroit MI

Cranbrook Forum Gallery / Drawing Collective / Bloomfield Hills MI

Tangent Gallery / Dirty Show 6 / Detroit MI


Pr1mary Space / Beaks and Bucks / Hamtramck

Bankle Building / Devil’s Night Show / Detroit MI

555 Gallery / Connections / Detroit MI

GM Design Gallery / Digital Show / Warren MI

The Goodfoot / Process Invisible / Portland, OR

Revolver Upstairs / Stick Em Up 2 / Melbourne Australia

Small’s / Canvas vs. Vinyl / Hamtramck MI

GM Design Gallery / Figurative Show / Warren MI


GM Design Gallery / Holiday Show / Warren MI


Birmingham Bloomfield Art Cntr. / Out of the Blue / Birmingham MI


Cleveland Institute of Art / Coffee House / Cleveland OH

Robert Turner Gallery / Situations / Alfred NY


Robert Turner Gallery / Circus of Motion / Alfred NY

The Allen-Steinheim Museum / Stone Works / Alfred NY



Jitter Magazin (Germany)02 / 2007

Midwestern Goodness ( / 2006

Globe and Mail / Guilty as Well review07 / 2006

Nintendo Power06 / 2006

Real Detroit Weekly / Best of Detroit03 / 2006

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  • JoinedMarch 2005
  • OccupationArtist
  • HometownBuffalo
  • Current cityDetroit
  • Countryusa


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his artwork is absolutely phenomenal. this fellow is truly an inspiration.

December 3, 2006

pooom poom... the sound of the teven seen crunching on a heaven bean leave your lungs squeaky clean this i really mean heres a titan your buddy, adam

February 18, 2006

let it be known - i was there when 7teen came out of the hippy closet. not that there's anything wrong with being a tree-hugging bird-lover, but still, his beard is only ALMOST as cool as his art. madly talented, this man! (my cat does not hate, she just loves toes!!!)

November 29, 2005