“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


Catherine Hyde is a Cornish artist and award winning Illustrator.  She 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) is a retelling of the Russian myth in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s ballet and 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.

Other illustration projects include:

2014: Illustrated “January brings the snow” a spread for Elizabeth Hammill’s Highly acclaimed collection of Nursery Rhymes “Over the hill and far away”

2016:  Illustrated articles in Vol 1 and Vol 2 of Elementum Journal – a beautiful new publication showcasing nature writing, art, photography & features inspired by our connection to the ocean & landscape.

Current project ongoing: book cover and interiors for “The Snow Angel” by Lauren St John due out in October 2017 and described in Bookseller Magazine as:

“The star title on Fiona Kennedy’s new Head of Zeus list is a “captivating” Christmas standalone about a Kenyan girl who dreams of climbing mountains and is in search of her true home. Set in Nairobi and the Scottish Highlands, it will be illustrated by the sublime Catherine Hyde, and promises to be something very special indeed.”

Image above Studio portrait photograph by kind permission of Lesley Treloar ARPS

Home page portrait image and studio shots in the header slider by kind permission of Jay Armstrong Photography  

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