Doug Hyde – Smiles AllRound Collection 2011

The Modfather by Doug Hyde

The Modfather by Doug Hyde

Just looking at Doug Hyde’s welcoming and smiley faces gives you that warm feeling you get when you know you are home. He paints his work from a happy place and this is reflected in his work. Inspired by his own emotional responses to life, Doug’s intention is to provoke a positive response in others; his success in this aim can be seen not only by the huge impact his work has made on the British and international art scene. His work is now incredibly sought after by collectors, from first time buyers to followers throughout his career. His sculpture work is just as highly collectable as his hanging work, often creating a sculpture to go with a image.

Homeward Bound by Doug Hyde

Homeward Bound by Doug Hyde

“I find inspiration for my painting can strike at any time, whether through my own emotional response to something, or through observing somebody else’s obvious love for another person or animal. Sometimes I will hear a phrase spoken and immediately visualise a picture – I then work around that phrase and use it as a title for the finished piece. My ideas are generally spontaneous and mood driven, whether that mood was good or bad! Painting like this gives me complete fulfilment: being able to create an entirely individual and personal piece of work, from visualising the idea in my head, sketching it, painting it and finally seeing it completed gives me complete satisfaction.
5 years ago when I visited the Tate Modern I was looking at a 25 ft original by Mark Rothko and was completely mesmerised. The scale, the use of colour and the simplicity. What power! This experience provided a defining moment in my artistic journey; convincing me that less is more, it sent me down the path of simple, bold imagery painted on a large scale, to create maximum impact.”


Flower Power by Doug Hyde

Flower Power by Doug Hyde

“When I have an idea for a new work I tend to scribble down my thoughts at once, and in my studio I have a box overflowing with these messy scribblings on cards, paper napkins, bits of newspaper, anything that has space for a quick sketch to keep the idea in focus. When I come to start work on something new, I refer to my “ideas box”, and then try to refine the image in my head until it is ready to be transferred to the drawing board. I take the initial idea and sketch out the painting, adding ideas to it as I go until it evolves into a picture that works for me, or the picture I imagined when it first popped into my head.
In the past I preferred to use acrylics and watercolours, but over the last few years I have fallen in love with pastels! From the very first time I used pastels I knew that this was the medium that would best be able to achieve the effects I wanted to create – I love the contrast between the soft tones and the hard edges. It gives me much more freedom than any other medium and enables me to use an entirely individual technique. I am able to create the movement I like in a piece of art and the rich boldness of colour. Because I was initially experimenting with the medium, I have developed a very unorthodox style using my fingers and thumbs to create the work, which I find gives me ultimate control.
Whatever I am doing my work is always there, tucked away in the corner of my mind. I am constantly thinking about it, whether it’s the piece I am working on, thinking about the colours I will use or new ideas or new ways to produce my work. Even when I am relaxing it’s always there! It truly is a 24 hour job. But I love it. It’s my passion; it’s my life.”

Flower Power Sculpture by Doug Hyde

Flower Power Sculpture by Doug Hyde

Spring Smiles by Doug Hyde

Spring Smiles by Doug Hyde

Summer Smiles by Doug Hyde

Summer Smiles by Doug Hyde

Smiles Allround is Doug Hyde’s newest release for Spring 2011 which available at Artworx Gallery. For more information on Doug Hyde and his work please visit:

Doug Hyde at Artworx Gallery

Alternatively ring 01543 502971
Or email info@artworx.co.uk

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