James Hyde is an influential and respected contemporary artist who often employs unconventional materials when painting that range from plaster, nylon, chrome, and steel to styrofoam, glass, and more recently, photography. His practice has been described as an "exploration of physicality" in his experimentations with different textures and planes that often re-evaluate and expand the limits and boundaries of painting. Hyde uses the flat field of painting as a topological arena that ties together the physical substance of painting and the ground on which it is laid, extracting spatial dimensions and new meanings from this relationship. In his recent works, he utilizes abstraction to break photography’s semantic hold on the way we construct an image of the world.
Hyde describes his work in saying:
"I think painting is never entirely about being a painted object, nor a medium in the narrow sense. I think painting is, as well, a symbolic and allegorical situation that happens to be made by a particular medium and set of materials. And really as a painter I’ve tried to put pressure on what a painting is and rethink it in different ways. And that’s how I end up with such different ways of looking at various possibilities, especially in terms of abstract painting."
James Hyde has worked in New York City since the early 1980s. His works are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. (acquired by the National Gallery of Art), among others. Hyde is a recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2008, the Pollock-Krasner Grant in 2011, the Joan-Mitchell Foundation Fellowship in 2000 and the New York State CAPS Grant in 1982. He exhibits internationally and has shown with Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Schau Ort, Zurich, Switzerland, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, France and David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark, among numerous institutions and galleries.
Recent solo and group exhibitions include James Hyde: GROUND, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; James Hyde: Survey, Magazzini, Pianello Val Tidone, Italy; SITElines 2014: Unsettled Landscapes, SITE Santa Fe, NM; Six Works Around a Dam, David Risley Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark; PAINT THINGS: Beyond the Stretcher, deCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; The Road, Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles, CA; Live Principles of Ventilation and Adhesion, Villa du Parc Contemporary, Annemasse, France; Building Materials, Control Room, Los Angeles, CA; and many other venues, including Sikkema Gallery, New York, NY; Galerie Lelong, New York, NY; DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA.