Deirdre Hyde

Born in England. Fell in love with Central America. Only leaves for emergencies.

In a Nutshell

Deirdre Hyde has been working continuously for the past 35 years to produce artwork that hangs in important collections internationally. Most recently Hyde created a 130m long mural for Frank Gehry's Biomuseo in Panama City. 

Her work is included in private and public collections worldwide such as: British Royal Family, Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Society, and Canning House in London (the UK’s leading forum for informed comment, contacts and debate on Latin American politics, economy and business).

Training and Inspiration

Hyde trained as a fine artist at Reading University in the 1970s, taught by Terry Frost, John Hoyland, Martin Froy and David Hockney.

Her main influences were the then unfashionable figurative painters Ray Atkins, Frank Auerbach and John Wonnacott. From her twenties on she was inspired by the adventurous tradition of Maria Sibylla Merian, Emilio Spann, Frederick Catherwood, Margaret Mee and Marianne North and she dedicated her talents to the interpretation of nature.

Conservation of the Natural World

As an interpretation consultant for WWF, IUCN and Conservation International she worked throughout the Americas Europe and Africa. While much of her energy went towards this work she also produced of an impressive body of work that has been displayed in museums and reproduced in publications from Norway to Brazil, and tirelessly continued her practise as a fine artist.

Informed by World Travels

Since 2008 Hyde has produced an expansive new body of work based on images captured on her world travels. Light and the elements always provide the emotional charge to these large format acrylic canvases. Her contemporary mix of wry, eclectic images encompasses everything from classical sculpture to urban street life in a nuanced poetic vision that transforms the mundane to the magical.

Architectural Elements

As in the Greek sculptures to which she repeatedly refers in her paintings, people are portrayed suspended in a moment of awakening, caught in either air or water in the off balanced flow revealed by modern vision. A hint of the ominous often encroaches on the ecstatic moment, adding a sinister undertow to the most celebratory image.

Born in 1953, Somerset, England

SOLO SHOWS

2018 Sep HIDDEN GARDEN GALLERY, LIBERIA, COSTA RICA, New Art

2018 Mar-April ESTACIÓN BIOLÓGICA LAS CRUCES / WILSON BOTANICAL GARDEN, COSTA RICA, Artist In Residence

2017 May CENTRO DE PATRIMONIO, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA, Transiciones

2017 EMAI, SANTA ANA, COSTA RICA, Santaniando

2016 HIDDEN GARDEN GALLERY, LIBERIA, COSTA RICA, Luz Pacifica

2012 MUSEO DE ARTE COSTARRICENSE, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA, Integración

2008 CANNING HOUSE, LONDON, Isla Insólita

2008 TEATRO NACIONAL, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

2004 MUSEO NACIONAL, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

1996 BRITISH INSTITUTE, LONDON

1990 TEATRO NACIONAL, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

1990 BRITISH INSTITUTE, LONDON

1987 BRITISH INSTITUTE, LONDON

1982 TEATRO NACIONAL, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2018 Nov CINE MAGALY, COSTA RICA Activación Cultural #5 De Película with Florencia Urbina

2018 Jul CINE MAGALY, COSTA RICA Activación Cultural #4 with Florencia Urbina

2017 Dec HOTEL CONDOVAC LA COSTA, COSTA RICA, Expo Arte

2017 Jun VILLA SAN IGNACIO, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA Activación Cultural #3 Animismo with Florencia Urbina

2016 Nov MADDOX GALLERY, LONDON, Art On A Postcard

2016 Sep-Nov VERDEZA, ESCAZU, COSTA RICA, Activación Cultural #2 La Floresta with Florencia Urbina

2000 ROME

1999 ALPHA HOUSE GALLERY, UK

1993 MUSEO DE ARTE COSTARRICENSE, COSTA RICA

1992 JACOPO CARPIO GALLERY, COSTA RICA

1988 MUSEO NACIONAL, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

1988 MASAYA NATIONAL PARK, NICARAGUA

SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

HRH Duke of Edinburgh, UK

Margarita Penón, San José, Costa Rica

David Carr, Gainesville, USA

Gerald Leiberman, New York, USA

Lyle Prescott, New York, USA

Dr D. Janzen, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Dr Gordon Frankie, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Dr John Fa, University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico

Gideon Van Melle, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Fernando Gallese, Lima, Peru

Dr Barreta, São Paulo, Brazil

William Anson, Australia

Emanuela Garoti, Tuscany, Italy

Sandro Brant, Milan, Italy

David Duddenhoffer, Lima, Peru

Brent & Jimena Beckley, Salt Lake City, USA

Dr Franco Tassi, Rome and Tuscany, Italy

Dr Sally Weale, London, UK 

Chris Willie & Dianne Jukowsky, Oregon, USA

Dr Stephan Harding, Devon, UK

John & Hilda Denham, London, UK

Alexander Kennedy, Bogotá, Colombia

Mauricio Mendiola & Laura Gurdian, Costa Rica

Georgina Butler, London, UK

John & Naomi Froy, London, UK

Colette Dueso, Paris, France

Jeffrey & Lauren Rothstein, Costa Rica

Dr Manuel Madrid, Valencia, Spain

Anthony Cicalese, Costa Rica

SELECTED PERMANENT PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Ayuntamiento de Alcala de Henares, Spain

Pizarro Museum Trujillo, Cáceres, Spain

Centro Parchi, Rome, Italy

Various Permanant Collections in Abruzzo, Italy

University of Camerino, Italy

Gerald Durrell, Jersey Zoo, UK

UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico

Canning House, London, UK

Fundación Neotropica, San José, Costa Rica

Fundación Amigos de la Isla del Coco, San José, Costa Rica

Museo Calderon Guardia, San Jose, Costa Rica

National Geographic Society, Washington DC, USA

Schumacher College, Dartington Trust, UK

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills, Blandford Forum, UK

Frank Gehrys Biomuseo, Panamá City, Panama

Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA

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