Isle of Wight Loft Studio

Abstract Beginnings

Art Statement | The Evolution of Style

In order to develop a signature approach to painting and photography, Andrew Conway-Hyde studied and practised various methods of creation. Up until 1985, he took a technical and figurative approach, studying life drawing and the use of watercolours. He then began an examination of art historical movements from 1985 through 1991. He developed an understanding of contrast and reflection through the use of abstraction in modern art as well as analyzing the conversations of noted Abstract Expressionists and Pop artists such as Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons for their expressive and emotional styles.


From these findings, he entered his “Gefrorenes Fenster” or “Frozen Window” period. Here, he developed a minimalist approach to abstraction; in his painting using only three to five colours on a canvas and creating images through 90-degree photography. The development of his critical and philosophical approach to art blossomed from 2000 to 2010 during his time in Oxford. He began to question the physiological and biological motivations behind the human fascination with a work of art. He spent countless hours in Oxford’s Ashmolean and Victoria & Albert Museum, examining their print rooms and impressionist collection, and experimenting with colour theory and contrast in a way that would define his art in years to come.