Painter, often on driftwood, poet and publisher, born in London where he finally lived. Was educated at Malvern College, but lived in New Zealand in 1936–47, starting to paint in Dunedin, in 1938. Returned to England in 1947, eventually settling in Cornwall. Although he finally moved from Cornwall permanently he often returned there and it remained an inspiration for his painting. He much admired the work of the primitive artist Alfred Wallis; his own pictures also drew on images of the sea and have an apparently childlike quality, vigorous, vivid and direct. From 1958–63 founded and edited the magazine The Painter and Sculptor, influential in its advocacy of figurative art. In 1988 the Louise Hallett Gallery published Painted Poems by Hayman.
Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)