“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
Catherine Hyde trained in Fine Art Painting at Central School of Art in London and has shown her atmospheric and symbolic paintings successfully in galleries for over thirty years. She is represented in Cornwall by The Lighthouse Gallery, Penzance and in London by Foss Fine Art, Battersea.
“I am constantly exploring the places between definable moments: the meeting points between land and water, earth and sky, dusk and dawn in order to capture the landscape in a state of suspension drawing the viewer to the liminal spaces that lie between dream and consciousness”
In 2008 she was asked to interpret Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy’s fairytale “The Princess’ Blankets” (Templar Publishing) which won the English Association’s Best Illustrated Book for Key Stage 2 2009. Her second book “Firebird “by Saviour Pirotta” (Templar Publishing), a retelling of the Russian myth in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s ballet was awarded an Aesop Accolade by the American Folklore Society in 2010. Her third book “Little Evie in the Wild Wood” written by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln) is a lyrical retelling with a twist on the traditional “Red Riding Hood” fairy tale.
Her own first author illustrator picture book “The Star Tree” was published in 2016 by Frances Lincoln. It has been Nominated for the 2017 Kate Greenaway Award for Illustration and Shortlisted for the 2017 Cambridgeshire Children’s Picture Book Award.
All four books have been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award for Illustration.
Studio photographs by kind permission of Jay Armstrong Photography, Elementum Journal.