Born in Adelaide, Australia, Hayley Lever began his artistic training at the Prince Alfred Club. By 1900, After briefly painting in London, England, Lever moved to Cornwall and lived in the seacoast town of St. Ives where became a member of the artists colony of English Impressionists. He became well-regarded for his town-shore landscapes and still-life paintings executed in a bold style that combined the vivid colors of impressionism and post impressiniosm with the strong lines of realism. In his use of color, he was deeply influenced by Vincent Van Gogh although he freely explored numerous styles based on impressionism, he was never locked into any particular style. In 1908, he did a series of paintings called "Van Gogh's Hospital, Holland" expressing the profound influence he felt by the artist.
Lever came to America in 1911, encouraged by American artist Ernest Lawson whom he knew in France, and was soon counted among the most widely exhibited artists in New York City.
Hayley Lever’s work is in the collections of such notable private and public institutions as The White House, Washington, DC; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; Butler Instutute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Addison Gallery of American Art,; Andover, MA; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, among many others