Deirdre Hyde has been working continuously for the past thirty five years to produce artwork that hangs in important collections internationally. Most recently Hyde has created a 130 meter long mural for Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama.
Her work is included in private and public collections worldwide such as that of British Royal Family, the Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Society, and Canning House.

Hyde trained as a fine artist at Reading University in the 70s, 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.

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.

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.

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.