About

CATHERINE HYDE

“She is, if you will, a visual poet weaving images, symbols and archetypes into paintings that resonate in the subconscious and linger there like half-remembered dreams or the dark fairy stories with which she has such affiliation”
Pip Palmer, Galleries Magazine

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CATHERINE HYDE is an artist, writer, and award-winning Illustrator. She trained in Fine Art Painting at Central School of Art in London and is currently represented by The Lighthouse Gallery Penzance, Cornwall and Foss Fine Art in Battersea London.  

Over the past ten years, her practice has extended into illustration.  All of her picture books have been nominated for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award and she was the winner of The English Association Best Illustrated Book Award (Key Stage 2) for The Princess’ Blankets by Carol Ann Duffy. 

She has both written and illustrated two books: ‘The Star Tree’: published 2016 and now available in paperback (Frances Lincoln) and ‘The Hare and the Moon: a calendar of paintings’ (Zephyr: Head of Zeus, published October 3rd, 2019) 

Alongside her paintings and illustrations, she runs her own greeting cards business producing reproductions of her work and creates fine quality Giclee prints which she sells worldwide.

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“I am constantly exploring the liminal spaces that lie between dream and consciousness, land and water, earth and sky and attempting to capture the landscape in a state of suspension.

I use symbols that are both universal and personal: Archetypal animals, such as the hare, stag and owl are all associated with many layers of myth and history and in my paintings, they appear as emblems of wildness and fertility.  The hare, in particular, is a highly personal symbol that I have used in my work for many years. It is a mysterious and ancient creature and I often use it as an image of stillness and contemplation but I also love its wiry speed and ability to exist as if in flight, neither earth nor air – pure energy, pure wildness: sheer earthy magic.

My landscapes are simple and semi-abstracted and usually tonally dark and mellow.  I build the surface with layers of paint, gels and glazes, suspending gold and copper leaf, mica flakes, sea glass and shells.  Hidden within the images are suggestions of the poet in the landscape – the lit house among the trees, a small figure in a boat or a solitary figure against the horizon. Sometimes sheets of colour and sunlight flood the surface leaving pools of gold and shadow, fleeting suggestions of heat and light or approaching weather.

Against the stillness of my landscapes, it is the implied movements and cyclical journeys of the animals, fish and birds that act as the narrative vehicle that binds the elements and the seasons together within the paint.”

EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS 2019

2 -18 November: Solo Show ‘Inside The Box of Delights’

Catherine Hyde’s solo show this year at The Lighthouse Gallery takes its theme from John Masefield’s classic The Box of Delights and invites you on a journey through the landscape inside the box itself including paintings from The Hare and the Moon

Lighthouse Gallery, Penzance

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Christmas Evening event and book signing at Edge of the World Bookshop, Penzance

Friday 6th December: 6.30pm

 

PREVIOUS MIXED AND SOLO SHOWS

Ainscough Contemporary London

Beaux Art Bath

Bishop Philpotts Truro

Lemon Street Gallery Truro

Charleston Farmhouse Sussex

Easton Rooms Rye

Elementum Gallery, Sherborne

Falmouth Art Gallery

Foss Fine Art London

Fowey River Gallery

Illustration Cupboard London

Iona House Gallery Woodstock

John Noott Gallery, Broadway

Lion House Gallery Suffolk

Lighthouse Gallery Penzance

Mall Galleries London

New Leaf Gallery Monmouth

Rostra Gallery Bath

Rye Art Gallery Sussex

Singing Soul Gallery Cranbrook

True North Gallery Massachusetts

Twenty Twenty Gallery Much Wenlock

Wetpaint Gallery Cirencester

ILLUSTRATION

2019: Author/Illustrator: ‘The Hare and the Moon: a book of paintings’  (Zephyr/Head of Zeus)

2016 – 2019: Commissioned illustrations: Editions 1 – 5 Elementum Journal

2017:   Cover and interior illustrations: ‘The Snow Angel’ (Zephyr) Lauren St John

2016:  Author/Illustrator: ‘The Star Tree’ (Frances Lincoln) 

Shortlisted for the 2017 Cambridgeshire Children’s Picture Book Award Nominated for The Kate Greenaway Award

2014:  Illustration: ‘Over the hills and far away’ Elizabeth Hammill

2013:  Illustrator: ‘Little Evie in the Wild Wood’ by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln)

Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award

2010: Illustrator: ‘Firebird’ by Saviour Pirrotta  (Templar Publishing) 

Awarded an Aesop Accolade by the American Folklore Society

Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award

2009: Illustrator: ‘The Princess’s Blankets’ by Carol Ann Duffy (Templar Publishing)

Winner of the English Association Best Illustrated book Key Stage 2 Nominated for UKLA and The Kate Greenaway Award.

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“Catherine’s work has always been closely connected to Nature and storytelling.  Understanding the language of ancient symbols she enhances this fairytale with her signature images.  Ethereal figures, leaping hares and bounding stags, lurking fish and devious ravens, the waxing and waning moon, the burnished suns and distant planets and dark ochre pomegranates, the fruits of Hades, are woven into their fabric like a glorious medieval tapestry.” Peta Jane Field, Inside Cornwall Magazine – The Princess’ Blankets by Carol Ann Duffy.

 

Studio shots in the header slider by kind permission of Jay Armstrong Photography

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