Frank Hyder: Sea Dream

May 1, 2013 - November 17, 2013
Terminal C
 
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.