The Hyman Collection is the private collection of Claire and James Hyman. It began in 1996 and consists of over three thousand artworks, from across the world, in all media. In the last fifteen years the collection has focused on international photography from its origins to the present. In particular, the Hyman Collection seeks to support and promote British photography through acquisitions, commissions, loans and philanthropy. The collection includes artists working in photography as well as documentary photographers and holds historic as well as contemporary photographs. It has an equal number of works by male and female artists and seeks, especially, to support the work of contemporary women working with photography.

Their website on British photography in the Hyman Collection is located here: http://www.britishphotography.org

Claire Hyman Birthday Party Trafalgar Hotel London

Claire and James first began collecting art together in the mid 1990s focused, initially, on British artists from the School of London to young British artists (yBas).

Their early purchases included Anya Gallaccio’s most famous work, a floor of ten thousand fragrant English tea roses, entitled Red on Green, which has been exhibited around the world.

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Since then, they have continued to collect internationally in all media, from the life-size original Spitting Image puppets….
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…. to large-scale works by Zhang Huan….
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… but the collection has increasingly focused on photography….

The Hyman Collection is the private collection of Claire and James Hyman. It began in 1996 and consists of over three thousand artworks, from across the world, in all media. 

Highlights of the collection include:

Anya Gallaccio’s most famous work, Red on Green, a floor of ten thousand fragrant English tea roses laid on a bed of their stalks, which has been exhibited across the world.

Zhang Huan’s sculptures made from the ash of incense sticks burned in Buddhist Temples.

Sam Taylor-Johnson’s major four screen film installation, Pent Up.

Spitting Image original life-size puppets of Margaret Thatcher and her government ministers.

Bill Brandt. One of the most important collections in the world

In the last fifteen years the collection has focused on international photography from its origins to the present. In particular, the Hyman Collection seeks to support and promote British photography through acquisitions, commissions, loans and philanthropy. The collection includes artists working in photography as well as documentary photographers, and historic as well as contemporary photographs. It has an equal number of works by male and female artists and seeks, especially, to support the work of contemporary women photographers. 

2015
The Hyman Collection launches http://www.britishphotography.org as an education resource based entirely on British photographs in the collection.

2018
The Hyman Collection donates 125 photographs to the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, USA

2018-19
The Hepworth Wakefield stages Modern Nature. Photographs from the Hyman Collection.

2019
The Hyman Collection donates 100 photographs to the Bodleian Library in Oxford, UK.

2020
The Hyman Collection announces the first of a series of commissions, Heather Agyepong’s new series Wish You Were Here.

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Dr. Claire Hyman
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Claire qualified in dentistry from Manchester in 1995 and went on to gain her Fellowship in Dentistry at The Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Glasgow in 1998. In 2000 Claire was accepted as a Specialist in Oral Surgery and is an active member of the British Association of Oral Surgeons. For the past 10 years Claire has worked as an Oral Surgeon for the Royal Free NHS Trust. She also works in private practice.

Dr. James Hyman

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James is an art historian and art dealer. He received his doctorate from the Courtauld Institute in London, where he subsequently taught. His first book, The Battle for Realism. Figurative Art in the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2001) was shortlisted for the W. B. Berger Prize for studies in British Art History and remains the most important academic study of figurative painting in Britain in the twentieth century.

James is a former Treasurer of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA, British Section) and member of the Executive of the Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD). He was a sponsor and judge of the National Media Museum bursary awards for photography.

He serves on the Executive Board of the Association of International Photography Dealers (AIPAD) and is Chair of the Membership Committee. He was formerly on the Advisory Board of 20/21 British Art Fair and is on the Advisory Board of Photo London at Somerset House, London and is on the Board of The London Art Fair.

All photographs on this blog are copyright the artist or copyright James Hyman 2020.

James and Claire Hyman