70s triptych

Submitted by MeshuggaMel April 27th, 2010
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This triptych came from my grandmother’s apartment in Florida. It’s about 7′ square, with wood panels, and it’s heavy! The artist is Tony Hayward, whoever that is. Big, groovy sunshine; maybe it’s supposed to be the sun, but there are two of them, so maybe it’s from a different star system? She and my grandfather got this painting in 1973 or so, and I never really stopped to consider it. By association, it makes me think of visits as a kid, with my dolphin shorts, striped socks and bowl haircut, and my grandfather with his powder blue pants with white belt and shoes. Unfortunately I don’t have anywhere to put this beauty, so I packed it back up and it’s currently blocking my hallway. Anyone have any idea who Tony Hayward is?

3 Responses to “70s triptych”

  1. Allee Willis

    I unfortunately have no idea who Tony Hayward is. But if I had my chance of knowing anyone it would be your grandmother who appears to have had exquisite 70s modern taste. Everything I’ve seen of hers so far I would have taken, which is a rare feat for someone who’s into modern design and inherit things from their grandmother, most of which would be kept for sentimental as opposed to aesthetic value.

    Once again, the screen goes well with the linoleum!

    Do you have that great kitchen table that’s poking into the photo?

  2. MeshuggaMel

    My grandmother, now 94, still has remarkable taste. Her house in NY, where she and my grandfather moved in the mid 60s has some pretty outrageous decor as well – more on the haute ongepotchket side, but real gems. I should take a camera over next time I visit her.

    My grandfather ran a shirt company, yes, the shmata trade, and he kept a keen eye on fashion. My grandmother has always enjoyed museums and all kinds of art – she used to give lectures to her Hadassah group on all the big exhibits that came through NY. She doesn’t get out as much now, but still loves the Met and the MOMA. So they kept an eye out for interest pieces that they could get at reasonable prices. Hence the most groovy piece by the mysterious Tony Hayward.

    The table poking into the side of the photo above was Jessica’s from before we met – one of the clues that I’d found a special woman!

    • Allee Willis

      Yes, ABSOLUTELY take a camera next time you visit your grandmother in New York. She has exquisite taste and it’s so incredible to see a collection still intact and with the person who put it together so many years ago. And take photos of your grandmother too. She sounds great.