James Hart Dyke
James is best known for his landscape exhibitions based on his journeys across the Himalayas. He has travelled four times with The Prince of Wales as official artist on foreign royal tours and has recently worked for the British Forces in Helmand, Afghanistan and Baghdad, Iraq.
His most recent and critically acclaimed exhibition, A Year with MI6, was the subject of enormous media coverage. 2009 was the centenary year of the British Secret Service (SIS). To mark the occasion they invited James behind their closed doors and into the secret world of espionage. The resulting series of paintings and drawings now forms the object of a selling exhibition at Mount Street Galleries, London. The pictures represent an outsider’s unique interpretation of an existence that, for those who work in SIS, can often be dangerous and surreal.
He was born in 1966 and started painting at the age of eight after seeing a small landscape study by John Constable. He studied architecture at The Royal College of Art and at Manchester University before studying painting as a postgraduate at the City and Guilds of London Art School.
James teaches on the Diploma