Alan Hydes


Acclaimed British artist Alan Hydes is a fine art painter with work in public and private collections around the world, including the British National Collection.

Working with mixed media including oils, acrylics, watercolour and gouache Alan explores his subject matter with great enthusiasm and intensity, working on large canvases and a variety of surfaces including olive wood. 

His portrait skills are much sought after and many hang in public collections. Sitters have included a Prime Minister, Chancellor and an Archbishop, together with major rock stars, top writers, a playwright, many famous actors, heads of industry and British aristocracy. 

His love of printmaking supports his painted imagery, producing mostly silkscreen prints. He studied lithography, silkscreen and etching at Art College, as printmaking was his supporting study when taking his degree.

He qualified with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art before heading off to India (overland) in pursuit of his love of Indian Miniature painting.

On his return to the UK he was appointed tutor at Birmingham College of Art, lecturing on the Bachelor of Arts degree course with input into the Masters degree content.  This in turn lead to various senior lecturing posts in different Universities and Colleges.

Whilst working as a lecturer Alan was approached by BBC television to research an Arts series. He was then asked to co-present the series from the studios of BBC Pebble Mill Birmingham. Senior Producers at ITV then recruited Alan to work in London on networked programmes as an Arts reporter/presenter. He presented films on actors, photographers, painters, rock musicians, ballet dancers etc.  This in turn lead to Alan training and qualifying a television director and producer.

Over the past 15 years Alan has worked on his own TV series for ITV which include a fully networked series on portrait painting called 'Painting the Stars', where Alan painted portraits of famous people and interviewed them as he worked.   He also presented and wrote several documentaries on David Hockney for ITV ( including 'Hydes on Hockney' and 'Hockney Paints the Stage'). He was recently invited to interview David for BBC television for inclusion in a documentary programme. 

He now paints full time in his studios beside the Mediterranean, in Deia, a beautiful village on the island of Mallorca. His current work has taken on a vibrancy of colour reflecting what he sees around him.               "I have finally found an environment with subject matter that allows me to explore my love of colour and form and I intend to follow my dream now and paint for the rest of my life in this beautiful and stimulating place".