John Mitchell Fine Paintings
James Hart Dyke’s work is centred on landscape painting, from the domesticity of paintings of country houses to paintings generated from physically demanding expeditions over remote mountains. James has also undertaken a series of projects including accompanying HRH The Prince of Wales as the official artist on royal tours, working as ‘artist in residence’ for The British Secret Intelligence Service, working as an artist embedded with the British Forces in war zones, working for the producers of the James Bond films and working as ‘artist in residence’ for Aston Martin. These projects required him to respond in many different ways and have allowed him to experiment with more graphic forms of painting influenced by his studies as an architect at the Royal College of Art. His portraits have been shown at the National Portrait Gallery and at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters exhibitions.
London: Cityscapes and Interiors 1st - 17th November 2017
Two years ago the Hart Dyke family moved out of London, although his studio remains here. The aspect of the city now has a different meaning to him, as a place of work alone, and it seemed timely to focus on it for an exhibition, all the more so that fatherhood now somewhat restricts his movements! Before he took to painting James studied architecture at the Royal College of Art, and ever since has retained an abiding interest in buildings and urban planning. Paintings of country houses and ‘visuals’ for upmarket housing developments continue to be cornerstones of his livelihood. How fitting, therefore, that with these latest paintings James returns to the very foundation of his painting and the treatment of buildings.
There is within this body of new work an emphasis on members’ clubs, some private and exclusive in the worst sense of the word and others less so, an emphasis which is entirely of the artist’s own conjuring, and yet one which is endorsed by us as a refreshing and original way of seeing London, and what goes on behind closed walls. The mild air of secrecy and reticence to be found on occasion in some establishments was familiar to James, and heightened his interest in capturing what are often magnificent interiors, and their denizens. The topic of the ‘private club’ is indeed a newsworthy one, as stories abound at present of new such establishments opening across the city, and old ones being given new leases of life, so it is hoped that some of this energy has been captured in James Hart Dyke’s paintings.