Derek Hyatt

1931 - 2015

Artist biography

Derek Hyatt was an artist. Born in 1931, Derek Hyatt passed away in 2015. Also born in 1931 and of this same generation are John Ambrose, Edward Bazylyanskyy, Gill Cohen, David Scott Brown, and Abdolhamid Siyavash.

Further Biographical Context for Derek Hyatt

Derek Hyatt was born in 1931 and grew up during the 1950s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of internationally, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many important artists to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Important Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the basis of much of the United States’ significant cultural growth in the decades thereafter. Influential artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary reassessment of this period has highlighted the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Derek Hyatt

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