Frank Hyder continued his exploration with the iconography of signs and symbols during his residency at Aurobora. In the artist’s lexicon, the faces of endangered peoples, spawning fish, empty hulls of fishing boats, knotted ropes are all symbols of the human condition. These images take on a new meaning as they are juxtaposed with each other or stand solitary as the sole object of reflection.
Hyder uses these images to create intimate pairings or isolate an image that will share and advance his narrative. Using woodblocks and linoleum slabs as matrices, Hyder inks each plate individually and then prints them in successive layers. Hyder occasionally incorporates the use of chine colle with select Japanese papers that add both texture and depth to his imagery or simply limits his palette to two colors to achieve the same dramatic effect.
Bell Atlantic Corporation; Halley Berry; National Museum of Catholic Art and History, New York, NY; U.S. Embassy, Caracas, Venezuela; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela; Carnegie Museum, Oxnard, CA; Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Colombia; GE Corporation; Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Grand Rapids, MI; Elton John; Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.; Microsoft; Museo de Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela; Museo del O’este, Caracas, Venezuela; Museo Universitario, Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia; Ontario Museum of Art, Toronto, Canada; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Permanent Collection; Pennsylvania Convention Center Commission, Philadelphia, PA; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; Saks Fifth Avenue; U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC; Woodmere Art Museum, Chestnut Hill, PA