Acclaimed British artist Alan Hydes is a fine art painter with work in public and privatecollections around the world, including the British National Collection. Sitters have included a Prime Minister, Chancellor and an Archbishop, major rock stars, top writers, a playwright, many famous actors, heads of industry and British aristocracy.

Hydes’ love of printmaking supports his painted imagery, producing mostly silkscreen prints. Hydes studied lithography, silkscreen and etching at Art College.

He qualified with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art from the Birmingham College of Art before heading off to India (overland) in pursuit of his love of Indian Miniature painting. On his return to the UK he was appointed tutor at Birmingham College of Art and went on to hold various senior lecturing posts in different Universities and Colleges.

Hydes was approached by the BBC to research an Arts series, which he was then asked to co-present. He went on to work for ITV in London on networked programmes as an Arts reporter/presenter, which led him to train and qualify as a television director and producer.

Over the past 15 years, Hydes has worked on his own TV series for ITV called ‘Painting the Stars’, where he painted portraits of famous people and interviewed them as he worked. He also presented and wrote several documentaries on David Hockney for ITV.