Solo show of 50 paintings by artist Martin D Hyde
2nd May – 28 July 2018
Déda, Chapel Street, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3GU
"I love the way this work seamlessly blends abstract with figurative forms. It merges dreamlike symbolism with discrete symbols, whilst completely avoiding the incongruity that comes from inhabiting fantasy worlds – these feelings are real." James A Naismith
Exhibition Launch Video
Introduction at the opening for the Sprit exhibition by Deda creative director Stephen Munn and artist Martin D Hyde.
One minute video walkthrough of the exhibition
A very quick walkthrough of the fifty painting in the Spirit exhibition by Martin D Hyde
About the exhibition
Martin Hyde is a contemporary artist based in Ashbourne in the Peak District. He creates expressive abstract paintings using acrylic on canvas.
Martin's work is about life as a person living with depression, those around him, and his place in the world; the highs, the lows - love, loss, mood, isolation, place and belonging, since being diagnosed with cyclic depression at the age of 30.
Through his paintings, Martin wants to bring a better understanding and acceptance of the issues surrounding depression, and the difficulties for those who love them, based on his own experiences. Martin wants to explore some of these issues though the visual language he has created through his paintings.
Spirit represents a journey through two years of the artist life.
Spirit Art Exhibition Review
15th May 2018
By James A Naismith - MA, BA(hons)
A review of the Spirit solo art show by artist Martin D Hyde at the Deda Gallery in Derby. The show runs till July 28th 2018.
This is a vast exhibition of over 50 paintings created by the artist over the past two years. I love the way this work seamlessly blends abstract with figurative forms. It merges dreamlike symbolism with discrete symbols, whilst completely avoiding the incongruity that comes from inhabiting fantasy worlds – these feelings are real. The paintings contain a palpable impression of the dark granite weight of a monolithic stillness, but this stillness is surrounded by constant movements; rotations, processions or maybe a slight shifting of the light – or was it the landscape that subtly moved?
Here I found an impression of being dwarfed, of giant design beyond our full comprehension. Of large, grand-scale frameworks that surround and contain us all, all but invisible unless we pause to recollect the paths these boundaries funnel us down. We realise opportunities that weren’t, choices that only appeared to be so. But there’s hope too, sometimes distant and indistinct, sometimes bright and solid, often without definition or detail, but always with form, or effect. Solid blocks of colour, or the hint of a glow, pale mists, or a figure on a precipice – before a maw; but choosing to sit rather than exit.
Of course that’s a crucial aspect of being on the precipice – when it feels that your one salvation is your inaction. Just one move could be a false one. Those aren’t mountains in the distance; those peaks are the distance – there’s nothing else beyond because there is no beyond. None that we have proof of… All of this personal private space co-inhabits with an almost searing exposure in an open access landscape, where shape has stories to tell, where colour invests detail with spirit and meaning. Where you can’t be sure, not even of that.
I could spend ages here, its a really good show.