Born and raised in Suffolk, Haste left home as a teenager to pursue adventure. He joined the RAF as an aircrew cadet, left after five months, became a prelim/architecture pupil before spending two years National Service with the Royal Norfolk Regiment in Germany. After de-mob, he studied part-time, while working on British Railways, took the Civil Service Exam in 1959, and became a Waterguard Officer in HM Customs, where he served at different ports/airports within the UK before two and a half years patrolling the Irish border. There, in association with Irish artists, he began his painting career.
In 1964, at the age of 26, he hung up his uniform and went to art school as a full-time student, studying first at the Ipswich School of Art and then to London to Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art. Haste went on to become Head of the School of Fine Art at Canterbury College of Art (now the University of the Creative Arts) between 1982-1997 having been a tutor at Wimbledon School of Art and a visiting lecturer at several other art colleges and universities. He is the author of 'The Art Schools of Kent: A Complete History', published in 2014.
With a career as a practising artist spanning almost fifty years, Haste as accrued a considerable body of work. In 2010 he presented a selection of work called 'Modelled Narratives' for his solo exhibition with Curwen Gallery. These are three dimensional, deftly constructed, wall-mounted miniatures - constructed in wood, carved and finely painted - of approximately 40 x 40 x 15cm. Like paintings they are self-contained, but combine the freedom of pictorial space, both in scale and illusion, with the tactile and variable viewpoints of three-dimensional form. Subjects originate from auto-biographical or other carefully researched sources, presenting the familiar with the unexpected, and conveyed through closely figured content and detail. This is slow art, each narrative demanding a complex and extensive making process before resolution as an individual piece.