Isle of Wight Loft Studio

“L’heure bleue” Abstract
Fine Art Statement

As Andrew Conway-Hyde’s individual artistic style progressed he revisited his roots in the abstract, minimalist, and impressionist styles with an emphasis on the reduction of an image to simplistic lines and intentional use of colour.

“L’heure bleue”

He translated the elements of abstract expressionism with his growing interest in the colour field painters the pioneered the movement; particularly he noticed the correlation between his work and the use of line and colour in the work of Gene Davis from the American Washington School. What emerged was his distinctive style that understood the art historical lineage of his practice, but denied the gestural and spontaneity of his predecessors. Instead, Conway-Hyde developed an approach dictated by nature, with meticulous intentionality to the abstract images he created, an Abstract Realism. Here, his work becomes the marriage of two juxtaposing elements, the obscurity of abstraction and the true-to-life notions of realism. Sky and seascapes as well as images featuring waves of colour became his predominant subjects; often working from photographs to help guide his abstractions through the light and colours that appeared in nature. His works began to encapsulate what he termed “L’heure bleue”, the momentary conjunction of two opposing forces. He aspired to create a profound visual harmony to accurately capture these ephemeral instances and turned to further developing his understanding of colour.