Artist Patrick Hayman was born into a family of Jewish heritage in London, England on 20 December 1915 and was educated at Malvern College. In 1936, at the age of 19, he moved to New Zealand and trained at the Dunedin School of Art under the painter Bob Field. He cited Chagall among his greatest inspirations, particularly in his use of shape and colour. Hayman also wrote poetry, which he published paired with his own illustrations. In 1947 he moved back to England, living between London and St Ives in Cornwall, which became a major inspiration for much of his work. He admired the work of local 'primitive' artist Alfred Wallis and also painted on driftwood. His many inspirations included Jewish motifs, Byzantine icon painteres and literary, historical and mythological stories. He founded the quarterly art magazine, The Painter and Sculptor, and served as its chief editor from 1958 until 1963. During the 1960s he also taught at the Falmouth School of Art and the Croydon School of Art. Hayman died in London in 1988. A large, touring retrospective was held posthumously at the Camden Arts Centre in 1990, and another at the Belgrave Galelry in 2005. His work can be found in UK collections including the Museum of Croydon; The Wilson, Cheltenham, Southampton City Art Gallery; Swindon Art Gallery, Tate and the Anthony Petullo Collection of Self-Taught and Outsider Art.