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Bendel Hydes (born 1952)

“My work is concerned primarily with the sensory world of sight, sound and touch, and in the visual metaphors thereby produced to cerebrally enhance physical and conceptual possibilities,” writes Hydes. “Mostly through painting, I use the language of translucent and biomorphic abstraction to explore ways in which nature and culture interact, reflecting on both the rational and ritualistic concerns of perceiving these opposites.

“Through a ‘geography of spatial color’ and a vocabulary of semi-figurative shapes and symbols, I strive to address such issues as topographical changes, isolation, beauty, vulnerability and the character of place to traverse the boundary between physical abstraction and emotional reality, thus forming the narrative that binds the work together. The duration of a passing sound vibration or the feeling of the wind by the ocean may elucidate an experience to be reconciled, or the colour and movement of a particular shape may produce a new imaginary paradigm.

“The mind and memory of my work is in the process. Whether it is applying continuous washes and drips of colour over one another, sculpting and mixing paint with another substance, or in the gesture, my aim is to question the aesthetics of the materials I use. In a recent environmental work, ‘Starpath’, the abundance of naturally occurring turtle-grass and sea-debris allowed me to create giant stars along a stretch of deserted beach, thereby merging land, sea and sky in one sweeping universal gesture.

“Specifically, I am interested in meaning that depends on context and in visual signifiers that resonate the nature of experience through that context.”

1976: BA, Clark University, Massachusetts, USA
1972-74: Canterbury College of Art
1971-72: Liverpool College of Art

2010: Circumnavigating the Globe; Tenri Cultural Institute, New York City
2007: Luminous Travels; Galerie de la tour, Vouvant, France
2007: A Geography of Space; Estel Gallery, Nashville, TN. USA
2004: Starpath; An installation at Barkers Beach, Cayman Islands
2003: Soundings: Selected Works 1989-2001, National Gallery of the Cayman Islands Climate of Sight; Collaborative Concepts, Beacon, NY
2002: Bendel Hydes/Tony Martin; Studio 18 Gallery, New York City
2000: Fathoms (Monotypes); Grand Old House, Cayman Islands
1997: Source (Drawings); Cayman Fine Art, Cayman Islands
1997: Paintings; San Lorenzo Fine Art, New York City
1996: Soundings in Fathoms; 23rd Intn’l Biennale de Sao Paulo, Brazil
1995: Bendel Hydes; Gallery Juno, New York City
1995: Homage to Cayos Miskitos; Cayman Nat’l Cultural Foundation. C. Is.
1991: Bendel Hydes; Clark University, Worcester, MA
1990: Bendel Hydes Offshore; Bettal Gallery, New York City

2011: A La Folie; Genty Fine Art, London, UK
2010: Nature Calls; Shore Center of Contemporary Art; Long Branch, NJ
2010: Latatara: An exercise in Visual Poetry; Estonian House, NYC
2007: Summer Salon; Leo Kuelbs Collection, Brooklyn, NY
2006: Gallery Artists; Saunders Fine Art, London, England, UK Inaugural Exhibition; Estel Gallery, Nashville, TN Au courant; National Gallery of the Cayman Islands Drawing the Line Against Domestic Violence: Gala Benefit Auction, Helen Mills Theatre, New York City Surface; Brenda Taylor Gallery, New York City
2005: Winter Solstice IV; Shifts in Contemporary Art: The Arts Exchange Gallery, White Plains, NY 2005: Winter Show; Studio 18 Gallery, New York City
2005: Point of View; Alpan Gallery, Huntington, NY
2005: From Here to Infinity; White Box Gallery, New York City
2004: In Polytechnicolor; Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York City
2004: Degrees of Abstraction; Alpan Gallery, Huntington, NY
2003: Caribbean & Latin Fine Art; Caribbean Tourism Org. NYC
2003: Art Miami; Kensington-Lott Fine Art, Grand Cayman, Cayman Is.
2002: 9/11 Refuge Exhibition; Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
2001: Between Lines: Caribbean & International Traveling Exhibition; Palacio de Bellas Artes, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Museum of Curacao, Willemstat, Curacao; Exhibition Hall, Conseil Regional General; Martinique Museum of Art, Paramaribo; Suriname Art Museum of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; ACP House, Brussells, Belgium Antigua; Dominica; Guadeloupe; St. Martin; St Maarten
2001: 2nd Biennial Art Auction; GAle GAtes et al, Brooklyn, New York
2001: Summer Group Show; Axel Raben Gallery, New York City
2001: Group Show; Kensington Lott Fine Art, Cayman Islands
2001: Angels’ Night Auction;,Performing Arts Center of LA, CA
2000: Substance; Neoimages, New York City
1999: Private Mythologies; Westbeth Gallery, New York City
1999: Size Matters; GALe GAtes et al, Brooklyn, NY Morir Soñando; 76 VARICK, New York City
1998: 30th International Festival of Painting; Museum of Cagnes-sur-Mer, France
1998: Absolut Secret; McKee Gallery, New York City
1997: Not in New York; Krasdale Gallery, White Plains, NY
1996: Driven to Abstraction, Paramount Center for the Arts; Peekskill, NY
1996: Summer Show; Gallery Juno, New York City
1995-98: Caribbean Visions: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, North American Traveling Exhibition, Center for Fine Arts, Miami, FL; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans; LA Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, CT; African American Museum, Dallas, TX; Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT; Center for African American History and Culture, Smithsonian, DC; Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL; Latin American Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
1995: Small; Gallery Juno, New York City Caribbean Festival of the Arts (Carifesta VI); Trinidad

National Gallery of the Cayman Islands; UBS (Cayman Islands) Ltd; Deutsche Morgan Grenfell (Cayman) Ltd; Galeria de Arte Moderno, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Cayman National Bank, Cayman Islands; Government of the Cayman Islands; Cayman National Cultural Foundation; Cayman Islands National Museum; Cayman Islands National Archive; Cayman Islands Public Library; HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

2009: Gold Medal Award for Creativity, Cayman National CUltural Foundation
2002: Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York City
2001: Artist-in-Residence, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
1996: Award of Excellence, Cayman National Cultural Foundation
1996: XXIII Bienal de Sao Paulo, Brazil, Govt. Exhibition Grant;, Cayman Islands
1992: Artist-in-Residence, Harquail Cultural Center, Cayman Islands


Self-Discovery in Chelsea; Michelina Docimo, CultureCatch, Oct. 16, 2010
Cayman’s Art World; Jordan Simon, Caribbean Living, Winter 09-10
The Artist’s Studio: Bendel Hydes; Christopher Tobutt, Cayman Life, Winter 2008
More than a Bohemian Existence; Wendy Ledger and Nicky Watson, Cayman Life, Summer 2007 Conceptual Space; Megan Byrd, Nashville Lifestyle Magazine, Feb. 2007
Bendel Hydes, le peintre de la globaliste; Richard D’Amphernet, Vouvant Matin, Oct. 31, 2006
A Tasty Morsel or Two, Benjamin Genocchio, The New York Times; Westchester Section, Jan. 1, 2006.
Founded Upon the Seas: A History of the Cayman Islands and their People; Michael Craton, Ian Randle Publs, Kingston, Jamaica, 2003
Bendel Hydes: Soundings 1989-2001; National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (Catalogue), Henry Muttoo, 2003
Listen: Soundings… Searlina Bodden, Caymanian Compass, Caayman Is., 10/17/03
Collaborative Concepts To Showcase “Climate Of Sight”, Putnam County News and Recorder; Cold Spring, NY, Feb. 5, 2003
Lucid Dreaming: Here and There (are closer than you think), Beth Elaine Wilson, Chronogram Magazine, New Paltz, NY, March 2003
Interview with Henry Muttoo, Foundation: The Arts & Culture Journal of the Cayman Islands, Vol 1 No 2, July 2002,
New York State of Mind, NY Art Expo, 2002;
Lulu Roseman, The Blurb, Sydney, Australia. April 2002
Joseph Walentini /Janet Shapiro, Ed: at Studio 18 Gallery; Abstract Art Online, Volume IV / No 8, April 2002
Bendel Hydes reflects on New Meaning, Elphina Maguna, Caymanian Compass, Grand Cayman. 4/5/ 2002
Between Lines, Marianne de Tolentino, Ed: catal; Cariforo Cultural Center, Santo Domingo, Dom. Republic. July, 2001
Foundation Magazine, Cover; Cayman Islands, vol 1, No 1 September, 2001
Private Mythologies at Westbeth; Joe Matzuk, Arts Wire, NYC 11/9/1999
XXXth Festival International de la Peinture (Catalogue) , D Dominick Lombardi, Chateau-Musee Grimaldi, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, 1998
Carribbean Art, Veerle Poupeye, Thames and Hudson, London & New York, 1998
Island Dreams, ARTnews , December 1997
In the Caribbean, A Mixture of Cultures, William Zimmer, The NY Times, May 25, 1997
Outside Manhattan Borders, The Record-Review , Bedford Pound Ridge, NY ,December 5, 1997
Secret Gardens, Leon Nigrosh, Worcester Phoenix, Worcester, MA May 2,1997
Exhibit explores more than just the surface, Gina Carpentar, The Central Recorder, Hartford CT, April 30, 1997
Elegy Painted in a New York Studio, Henry Muttoo, Caymanian Compass, January 24, 1997

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