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Alan Hydes '23

Alan Hydes - Artist

Alan is a Fine Art painter living and working in Deia, Mallorca, where he creates paintings, prints and mixed media work.
He trained in the UK and was awarded a First Class Honours degree in FineArt with a supporting study of Art History.
Following University he drove overland to India where he studied Indian Miniature painting and created a photographic record of his 11 months travelling around India, Afghanistan and Iran and eight other countries.
On his return to the UK he lectured in several universities before developing his work on television. His TV series and documentaries featured portraiture, botanical painting and townscapes. He made three TV documentaries with David Hockney, arguably the most important painter of our generation.

Since moving to Deia he has worked on large colourful canvases featuring Mallorcan subject matter such as Almond orchards in flower, Mediterranean seascapes, flowers and swimming girls. He also continued to be commissioned for his portraiture work by well known personalities such as Lord ( Andrew Lloyd) Webber.

Many of his portraits are in the British National Collection and his paintings are in international private and public collections.
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Painting of underwater view Girl Diving
Alan Hydes painting of Girl swimming
Alan Hydes painting of Girl swimming
Painting - Abstract Mexican
abstract mexican fish and serpent
Abstract mexican with gold heart
Painting - Abstract Mexican 05
Painting - Red Door and four
indian 07
Indian 1141
four oranges
Lemon and a half in frame
framed pomegranites
framed lemons
framed oranges
Panting still life of Crab and lemons on a table
Fish still life
still life on white table
Renishaw Hall Magnolias painting
yellow tulips in glass vase
yellow Tulips and lemons
tulips on stripes
sunflowers 3
couple Olive Grove
Richard Todd - Actor
portrait of Lord Harewood
portrait of Edward Heath ex UK Prime Minister
The Bishop of Ripon
portrait of a gentleman
flat cap
Portrait of Paul Sykes
portrait of a dog
three dogs
venice building
deia in oils
deia mallorca
sheep in deia olive grove
stately pines
Bangkok 4 seasone hotel
Painting of Palms against a pink and blue sky
CD artwork - robert palmer - 'honey'
red dancing
koi pool
koi pool white stones
koi carp
Koi carp in pond
Nude in attic
Nude with green cushion
nude at red door
Nude and Monkey
Alan painting an oil sketch on the coast near Cala Deia
For the past 23 years Alan has lived and worked in Mallorca, and has gathered much of his creative inspiration from the island. The location of the studio and house is the beautiful village of Deia, on the West coast overlooking the Mediterranean. The house sits on the side of the mountain range the Serra de Tramuntana, listed World Heritage status (by UNESCO) as an area of ‘Great physical and cultural significance’.

Alan discovered the location by chance when a friend and art collector invited him over to the island. Alan was painting Robert’s portrait in the UK when Robert mentioned that he had a house on the island, and “Would he like to see Mallorca for the first time?” Alan quickly accepted the generous offer to stay in the north of the island.

A quick guided tour of the island revealed the West Coast and Deia, and also an introduction to a house overlooking the sea. “It was a spur of the moment decision” said Alan “I fell in love with the totally incredible location and decided to buy the house .. just like that!” “It was, without any doubt, a life changing decision!”
Alan Hydes - Working on a double portrait set in the olive grovesProfessor Chris Taylor with his portrait at Bradford UniversityAlan Hydes - with completed koi paintingAlan Hydes - Big Mexican abstractGolden heart to sign for a wedding
To begin with Alan visited the house regularly from his home in Leeds in the UK, to paint and draw and to simply explore the marvellous surrounds, which included groves of ancient olive trees, carob trees, pines and a magnificent rocky coastline with hidden bays and coves.
Once the house had planning permission to expand and create an integral painting studio Alan moved out to the island full-time.

He was working on paintings featuring the terraces of olives, seascapes and swimming girls, exhibiting his work in the local Art gallery ‘Galeria Sa Tafona’ based in the luxury 5 Star hotel La Residencia. He quickly became recognised within the strong artistic community of the village and settled in to life on the island.
Fruit on a plate for a weddingAlan Hydes - with Large Palms with pink clouds painting
Before too long the new manager of La Residencia, Sven Gevers, recognised his talents and approached him to become ‘The Artist in Residence’ for the hotel, a newly created role.
Alan accepted without hesitation, the post came with a big painting studio with lots of light, accommodation in the hotel, and food! “It was a dream location for any artist as it was also a focal point for the hotel - adding lots of colour and a very strong artistic statement to what was already a wonderful 5 Star hotel ” said Alan.

An internationally established and recognised painter, Alan had previously been a tutor on Bachelor of Arts degree courses and had fronted his own networked television programmes in the UK featuring portraiture, botanical painting and landscapes, with many of the UK guests knowing him from Television. Alan was more than qualified to develop the role of ‘Artist in Residence’ for the hotel and highly qualified to teach ‘masterclasses’ for the guests.
Leonardo DiCaprio visits the studioAlan Hydes with Tulips painting
Once establish within La residencia he worked alongside management and became involved with projects such as special ‘Arts dinners’ in the hotel’s famous restaurant El Olivo. Painting huge canvases that diners could work on. Famous celebrities attended and worked alongside Alan developing the paintings. These events even featured in glossy magazines in Europe to promote the hotel.
He also added colour and a touch of fun to the vehicles the hotel used, by painting Mediterranean fruit on them in permanent car enamels. This work even extended to painting the scooters the hotel rented out to guests.

As the studio in the hotel became more well known it became an intrinsic part of the philosophy of the hotel offering guests ‘an arts experience’ rather than just a holiday in a stunning hotel in a beautiful Mallorcan village. The hard work of both management and Alan’s presence in the hotel established something unique and the directors of the company who owned the hotel visited Alan to thank him and talk to him about the direction the hotel was taking in terms of an ‘Arts Experience.’
Big Sunflowers in my Studio - Alan HydesCaseta Blava - alan outsideJohn Cleese in Alan's studio with Almond trees painting in backgroundpainting fish on a tableAlan Hydes with Almond blossom series
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