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Kathleen Hyndman: A Mathematical Artist and Her Lifelong Task

Date: Friday 24 November – Thursday 11 January 2024
Location: Clare Hall, Herschel Road, Cambridge CB3 9AL
Counterpoint (1973) Acrylic on board, 83.5 x 114.1cm

Clare Hall is proud to present a memorial exhibition of the work of the Kathleen Hyndman (1928-2022). Her art is made powerful by her adoption of a constructed and sequential approach. ‘My work often originates from natural effects,’ she once said, instancing trees in the mist, shadows, or movements of water. But these visual stimuli are then transposed into various geometrical and mathematic sequences of tone, colour, rotations, intervals and shape.

She trained at Kingston-on Thames School of Art. Afterwards, she gradually established herself as a professional painter, while working as a teacher of art and living a very full family life, with husband and two children. She began exhibiting regularly, in this country and abroad as a Constructivist. If in recent years her name has been absent from artistic narratives, her art continues to call for attention; and in her 90th year, in 2018, interest in her work was reawakened by a solo exhibition in Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.

The mind-and-eye control in the execution of these hand-made works is breath-taking. It becomes evident that behind this intercourse between mathematics and art is an unremitting search for truth.

The exhibition runs from 24 November 2023 to 11 January 2024 in Clare Hall’s Main Building.

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