The modern artist as shaman. Hyatt's work with clouds, hawks, owls, standing stones, spirals and circles evokes ancient memories and contacts the world beyond appearances. His paintings, writings and poems reveal a passion for nature and environmental issues which goes far beyond the usual preoccupations of modern artists. Shamanism revealed through a uniquely visual vocabulary.
For over forty years Derek Hyatt has been painting and drawing the Yorkshire moors. Stone walls, clouds, hawks, owls, standing stones, spirals, circles - all these are part of his visual vocabulary. He sees the role of the artist as that of the shaman, a person who can evoke ancient memories, dreamtime, and contact the 'world beyond appearances'.
Hyatt's art is enriched by his passion for such diverse figures as the eminent Victorian artist and critic John Ruskin, the Dada artist Kurt Schwitters and the philosopher Marshall McLuhan. Stone Fires - Liquid Clouds celebrates Hyatt's art and insight. Included are over one hundred paintings and drawings, his many poems and inspired writings, extracts from his regular articles in Modern Painters magazine, as well as totally new material. This book is a fascinating account of the modern artist as shaman, someone who is not afraid to see into the future by studying the past.
Peter Woodcock is an author, artist and illustrator on a wide range of publications. Tutored at the RCA in the early sixties, he taught for over twenty years at Camberwell College of Art. Based on the themes of alchemy and ancient myths, he has exhibited his work in London, New York, Bristol and Glastonbury. In 1998 he co-produced The Complex Vision for HTV on the writer John Cowper Powys. In 2000 his highly successful This Enchanted Isle: the neo-Romantic vision from William Blake to the new visionaries was published by Gothic Image Publications.