Torch Fisherman, with spear and net thrower, one of twelve works commissioned by the Hawaiian Historical Society
Peter Hayward, (1905-1993)
Oil on Canvas
24″ x 18″
The white streaks in some areas of the photo are just reflections off high ridges of palette knife painting.

In the 60’s Hayward was commissioned by the Hawaiian Historical Society to paint a selective series of subjects of one of the long lost local tradtitions “Torch Fishing”.  The locals would go out on a hunt for local fish and squid in the warm tropical evening and surpise them with a quick throw of spear, while another has his net at ready. It is a priviledge to have such a rare and exciting painting from one of the best Plein Aire artists. This painting shows the intensity of the man walking over the warm reef with fire torch in hand along with spear and in the company of the net thrower.

Peter Hayward studied at Middleburg College graduating in 1923.  He was a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Honolulu Art Association, Windward Artists Guild, the Lahaina Art Association and the AAPL.  He exhibited in New York in the 1950s winning the Grand Prize All Media at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Show.  

His artistic career was divided between Hawaii, the East Coast, and the many places of the world he visited.   He had 14 one-man shows in New York, 5 in Honolulu, and several in Palm Beach, San Francisco, Miami and Boston.  Hayward has been described to be like a poet creating magic from ordinary prose; he gives us not just Hawaii but the magic of the island of love. 

Hayward preferred oils and bronzes and taught both sculpture and oil painting.