The Visitors

22 March 2011

The Fisherman

The Fisherman

Fair Cop

Fair Cop

Derby Welcomes The Visitors

Award-winning Derby based artist and designer Martin Hyde is set to unveil his major new series of artwork, The Visitors, on Monday, 28 March.

Martin is a tenant at Banks Mill Studios, in Bridge Street, and a sessional lecturer for the Creative Exchange at Markeaton Street, part of the Derby Campus.

The exhibition will be on display at the Royal Derby Hospital, as part of the Arts Council's AIR - Artists' Interaction and Representation fund.

The new series of artworks combines Derby landmarks with references to the City's industrial heritage. It is a fantastical series of artwork on brushed aluminum which transform the hum drum of the city into a fantasy landscape, where giant clockwork creatures loom at the midnight hour.

The exhibition is open to the public from Monday 28 March to Friday 29 July, and is located on level 5 near the hospital restaurant. After that it will feature at the Tregoning Contemporary in Ford Street. The exhibition features eight brand new artworks. The works are highly detailed and the image changes depending on which angle you view them due to the brushed aluminum of the pieces. The aluminum also creates a relationship with the robotic forms in the work. The four large pieces are accompanied by a number of smaller framed pieces produced as metallic C-type prints, giving the work another surface texture. These pieces act as a prologue to the aluminum pieces - they are an artists' impression of the world the robots came from.

Martin has had two previous exhibitions at the Royal Derby Hospital, both of which have been extremely well received. Martin's Hair Days series was exhibited there in 2008. In 2009 he donated eight pieces of work from his highly successful Dead Good Kids series to a permanent exhibition in the Derbyshire Children's Hospital. Martin's Dead Good Kids also have a second permanent exhibition at the newly refurbished Greyhound public house on Friar Gate, Derby.

As well as being an artist, Martin is a highly qualified designer and illustrator. He has a successful design practice, Design and i. Martin received an MA with Distinction in Multimedia Design  in 2004, and was a finalist in the Europrix Young Designer of the Year Award 2004 with his Masters project. He is currently in the running for several major art competitions, including the Saatchi Gallery's Showdown, and the prestigious Association of Illustrators Images 35 award.

Martin's work will be featured in the AOI Images 35 book later this year, which will be available in bookshops.

AIR is a scheme run by Derby Hospitals Foundation Trust, and aims to improve well being through arts. It has recently been evaluated in a study run by the University of Nottingham, and proven to be a valuable opportunity for patients, staff and visitors to the hospitals to engage with the arts. Funding for AIR comes from the Arts Council England, Derby Hospitals Charity, and Derby Healthcare Plc.

Readers wishing to find out more about Martin Hyde's artwork should visit his website at www.martinhyde.co.uk. You can also find Martin Hyde on Flickr.

Press Enquiries: Emma Hyde,Business Manager, Design and i

Tel: 07775 757925.

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