International art superstar Doug Hyde unveils I heart –U at The Original Art Shop, Trentham

Doug Hyde, the man described by the BBC’s art correspondent as ‘the UK’s most popular living artist’, will be making a personal appearance at The Original Art Shop, Trentham on Sunday 1st March 2020.

The multi award-winning star of the art world will be in the gallery celebrating the launch of his spring 2020 collection, I heart U. As well as six limited edition prints, Doug has created a vibrant, whimsical array of originals which tell stories of day to day life with wit, charm, style and honesty. The new collection is brimming with all those characters and characteristics that we have come to expect, offering plenty of opportunity to start or build a Doug Hyde art collection.

This celebrated artist enjoyed a meteoric rise from virtual unknown to the UK's foremost artistic presence has been meteoric. Since his now iconic pastel image of a smiling face first enchanted a nation of art lovers in 2003 he has gained a huge following around the world, winning an impressive range of awards, media coverage and celebrity collectors. As his reputation has grown, his original work has become increasingly sought after, and his status as one of the UK’s most collectable artists has been undeniable for over a decade.

Doug’s wonderfully warm personality and fund of anecdotes about the inspiration behind his work have won him huge popularity in the collector’s community, and he is always delighted to pose for photographs or personalise artwork for his many admirers.

The Original Art Shop's Art and Sales Director, John Davies, says: “Doug’s fresh, immediate style sits comfortably within the genre of so called “naïve art”, yet there is something about his work that sets it apart from that of his contemporaries. That special spark is difficult to pinpoint but impossible to resist! I hope our friends in the area will all be coming along to meet him and to enjoy this unique occasion.”