Hello Lynda! Who are you?
I am an Artist based in the beautiful Blue Mountains, west of Sydney Australia. I create Hard Edge Geometric Abstracts and Modernist Inspired Limited Edition Prints.
Your art and you. How did it start?
I studied drafting and one of my first jobs in the 1970’s was working in the offices of Australia’s foremost and legendary Modernist Architects, Harry Seidler. The building “Australia Square” in Sydney was not only a brilliant piece of design, it also contained a wealth of beautiful artwork. I was fascinated and started exploring modernism through art, design and modern dance.
Where do you see yourself at the moment in your artistic career?
I’m at an exciting point in my career. I paint because I love to paint, there’s no pressure, but happily, I seem to have people who love and buy my work. I was headhunted by a great gallery here in the Blue Mountains and have just had my first successful solo show with them.
How do you call your personal style?
Hard Edge Geometrical Abstracts. I love playing with colour and also like to have a “perception of movement” in some of the works. Shifting perspective or optical illusion. I think this reflects my years as a performing stage magician when I worked with my husband all over the world. I also don’t use any “tape work” in my painting, something that surprises people! Steady Hands and Old School Techniques.
Do you work full-time as a painter?
Yes, I’m a proud full time professional artist! There wasn’t any point where I suddenly said “I’m an artist now!” I’ve always been created things – paintings, design work, costumes etc, but over the last 10 years I’ve been able to devote more time to it. My husband is also working less and helps me with the administration side of things.
What is your ideal setting for making art?
I have a small purpose built studio that looks out into our garden and the edge of the world famous Blue Mountains National park! Music is important to me when I paint and the titles of my work often reflect what I was listening too. I love funk – George Clinton, Parliament, Funkadelic etc.
Who inspires you and why?
Obviously Victor Vasarely & Zanis Waldheims were inspiring when I started out. There’s also some great Australian Modernist artists like Frank Hinder, Grace Cossington Smith and Dorrit Black who I admire.
What artistic goals would you like to achieve?
My next step is: I would like to add another commercial gallery to represent my work. Possibly in Melbourne or Sydney.
Lynda Hyde ★ Artist resume
Being a child of the Mid Century, I’ve held a lifelong fascination with modernist design and hope my work continues to convey that era’s strong sense of optimism, happiness and fun, traits that are somewhat lacking in these current times. I have been exploring Modernism in my art practice since the 1970’s, using traditional techniques and equipment from my background in drafting to create hard edged geometric paintings and prints that explore tricks of the eye. These are designed to both amuse and intrigue, they also reflect my long term career in performing magic and illusion shows all over the world. The paintings include a planned element of surprise or visual deception, and often a perception of movement that is either subtle or quite bold. The prints are both Lino Cut and Lino Blocks. These are small Limited Edition runs, usually only 7 – 15 prints in each one.
Thank you very much, Lynda.