May 1, 2013 - November 17, 2013
Philadelphia artist Frank Hyder is
known for his bold, pattern-filled paintings, prints, and sculpture. Whether
large-scale portraits of exotically painted warriors, brightly colored Koi
fish, or tropical landscapes, Hyder’s work is defined by his unique mark-making
from which figurative images emerge. His work often combines all three mediums to
create dramatic environments of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional elements.
One of Hyder’s favored representations
of nature is the Koi fish. He has said that “Koi are a positive, archetypal
image seen throughout history. Koi are worshiped because of their incredible
color and the individuality of their markings.” In Sea Dream, Hyder uses a swarm of blue-toned Koi as a wallpapered
background behind similarly patterned canoe-like forms that are illuminated
from within. The glowing, earth-colored elements hover atop the sea of blue
Koi. Although Hyder’s composition depicts a frenzied moment as the fish swim en
masse, there is a serene, dream-like feeling produced by the predominantly
monochromatic background and the warmth of the floating lights.