Australian Contemporary Art

Greg Hyde

Greg Hyde was born in Sydney in 1950 to Russian/Australian parents. As both his parents were trained as commercial artists they encouraged him to paint and sketch from an early age. Although art was not part of the curriculum he and a group of friends began painting and exhibiting at school and worked to establish a gallery as part of the regular life of the school.

In 1968-1971 Greg Hyde studied medicine but decided to take a year of absence to travel and visit galleries. He visited the USA briefly then spent two years living and working in England. He made a brief visit to Russia in 1973 to connect with his heritage and there he developed an abiding love of the iconographic tradition. In 1976-77 Greg and his young family went to live in the countryside in Greece. There he developed a strong rapport with this ancient landscape deeply imbued with myth. His feelings for the colour, texture and spirituality of this landscape continue to haunt his paintings.

On returning to Australia Greg and his family moved to a small farm outside Bathurst to create a home which expresses a love of the places that they have visited and a commitment to a lifestyle which is in keeping with the Australian environment.

Greg’s paintings reflect this harmony. He has developed a style, which combines his love of European tradition with an insightful use of the natural features and cultural phenomena of traditional and modern Australia to create a personal iconography.

Greg works in various media from oils to etchings and has illustrated several children’s books. Over the years he has had one-man exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane and regularly participates in group exhibitions through out Australia. He has exhibited in the Wynne and Archibald prizes and his work is represented in Australian and overseas collections.

Greg’s work is usually colourful and often whimsical, he says, with a twist of pseudo intellectual aestheticism. This he hopes is vaguely relevant today.

 

You can see some images of the areas in which Greg Works in this feature from a recent publication here.

Below are notes from his most recent paintings.

 

Stream of Consciousness – Mixed Media

I like the concept of ‘Stream of Consciousness’ though I do not fully understand it…..I am more pictorial rather than literary, but it is a wonderful phrase.

This little Study possibly illustrates my ignorance…pictorially!

Respect and Affection,

Greg Hyde

 

White Lion – Mixed Media

In a Zoo in Canberra is a beautiful white lion and his equally magnificent sister.

He is fed for us tourists arount 3.30 and one of his feeding spots is a wide glass wall with a hole in it where people are invited to offer him a treat.

He stands, accepts the offering and we stand amazed at his grace….or he ignores all and just sits.

His presence amazed me.

Respect and Affection,

Greg Hyde

 

Homage to a Minor Saint – Mixed Media

 

I like icons, not the fabulous ones, but the ones to minor saints who do not have cities, nor cathedrals, histories or statues named after them, but those ‘workers’ who just did. Someone knows…& bless them.

Respect and Affection,

Greg Hyde

 

Cheers – Mixed Media

 

This could have been my darling daughter, Anastasia and I drinking absinthe in Paris but it’s not…it’s wistful thinking but one day who knows.

Your innocent when you dream.

Respect and Affection,

Greg Hyde

 

Antipodean Weight – Mixed Media

The macro politics of Asia will be fascinating in the next 50 or so years and the weight of change will come. I hope it will be peaceful, I’m sure Animalia hope so, and we will see.

This little study is simply a thought, a work in progress,

Respect and Affection,

Greg Hyde

 

Maid in Penang – Mixed Media

May daughter Abbey went to Penang recently with the Australian Army reserve to learn about the organisation to encourage some of the students she manages to conider joining. It was only for one week and they experienced manouvers, firing guns, flying in transports etc and had a mavelous insight and adventure.

She returned with many photo’s and this maid and her elephant were part of her adventure. I thought them enchanting.

Respect and Affection,

Greg Hyde

Man Reading ‘ War and Peace’ – Mixed Media

I saw a recent movie of War and Peace and I have loved Tolstoy for many years and have the book, but, it will take me many moons to read it! Again.

I will probably watch the film again.

Respect and Affection,

Greg Hyde

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