Acclaimed British painter Alan Hydes emerged onto British Art scene with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting and successful exhibitions in London. He went on to establish himself as a hugely talented portrait artist, with work archived in the National Portrait Gallery. His growing reputation led to him being given his own network television series on portraiture PAINTING THE STARS (ITV1) which, along with his book CELEBRITY PORTRAITS, brought his work to a nationwide audience.
Alan Hydes... not someone to stand still !!“High-profile sitters have included Sir Edward Heath, Dame Thora Hird, Lord Harewood, Jilly Cooper, Ricky Tomlinson and Sir Bernard Ingham, while countless other actors, rock stars, Archbishops and and top company directors have formed the mainstay of his work in portraiture. ....the Yorkshire artist has also forged an impressive reputation in botanical painting and drawing and until recently his inspired imagery was drawn from the dramatic Yorkshire scenery and botany. He used oils, acrylics and watercolours to translate his visual perception into works that earned him the tag of "colourist". 14 years ago Hydes took the dramatic step of setting up a second painting studio in Mallorca, Spain. "The quality of the Mediterranean light is marvellous," say Hydes. "I use primary colours with great intensity in a way I never imagined I would ever dare to paint." Hydes readily acknowledges his debt to David Hockney as it was Hockney who first inspired Hydes to work with such intense colour. "David spent years working in the California sunshine, and it simply came through in his work there". Over the past ten years Hydes has produced three television documentaries on Hockney, HOCKNEY PAINTS THE STAGE, HYDES ON HOCKNEY and YORKSHIRE LANDSCAPES. He interviewed Hockney on location at Salts Mill in Saltaire, West Yorkshire.
Hydes work can be found in public and private collections around the world including The British National Collection. Bradford City Art Gallery has commissioned a large canvas to commemorate the Centenary Exhibition whilst The University of Bradford commissioned two big portraits for their Permanent Public Collection. Alan continues to accept commissions from high profile sitters including another famous Deia resident Lord Lloyd Webber.
Credit: Chris Bond YORKSHIRE POST