Howard Dyke

Woman Wearing a Burqa with Dragonfly Light

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Year 2021
Medium Coloured pencil on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

I’ve returned to the theme of the Burqa many times in my work as I’m drawn to the abstract qualities of the image and the way the flowing veil both reveals and conceals the figure. These found images continue to inform my practice including the large collaged paintings which are loosely based around these smaller sketches.

About the artist:

Born 1971 London, Howard Dyke lives and works in London. Graduated from Goldsmiths College, London (1993), and Central St. Martins, London (2002).

Dyke’s lay-outs and his rich painterly space zing off each other and are mutually dependent, genuinely mutually energising. A two-hundred year build-up of ideas about aesthetics results in a sort of divided up space in Cubism or Abstract Expressionism, say, where we don’t tell ourselves that hideous deformed monsters are being pictured, or cosmic explosions anticipating cheesy special effects in Star Trek. Instead, life or existence is expressed, with certain visual ideas serving as metaphors for how reality was experienced in those times. –  Matthew Collings

Dykes works are held in public and private collections including the Saatchi Collection, London; the David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Simmons & Simmons, London; and Beth Rudin De Woody Collection.

Selected solo exhibitions include DOUIN tent paintings, Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London (2018); Howard Dyke, Vigo Gallery, London (2013); Howard Dyke, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London (2013); Howard Dyke, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London (2010); and Dance Of The Techno Polar Bear, Acme Project Space, 44 Bonner Road, London (2009). Selected group exhibitions include Siren, Glass Cloud Gallery, London (2020); Bad Actors, KARST, Plymouth (2019); Modern Finance, Thames-Side Gallery, Greenwich (2019); Carousel, Koppel Project, Poland Street, London (2019); Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London (2019); Make Me A Sacrifice, JGM Gallery, London (2019); Recreational Grounds, Aylesbury Estate, London (2018); Summer show, The Concept Space, London (2018); Self Storage, Ridgeway Road, London (2017); Radical Me, Tannery Projects, London (2016); Space between walls, Tannery Projects, London (2016); Kerosene, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London (2013); London12, Prague City Art Gallery (2012); Law of the jungle, Lehmann Maupin, New York (2011); Parrot Halva, Studio 1.1., London (2010); Hilo, Keith Talent Gallery, London (2009); Drawings With Dolphins, Crimestown Gallery, London (2009); Howard Dyke & Geraldine Swayne, Siege of Calvert 22, London (2009); Marmite Painting Prize, Studio 1.1. Gallery, London (2009); and Secrets Postcard Show R.C.A, Kensington Gore, London (2008).

Awards include the Jessica Wilkes award, Acme bursary (2008); and being shortlisted for the Threadneedle prize (2011).

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