James Hyde is an artist of big ideas. I got a real sense of this when he curated a show at my petite gallery. The space would not dictate the show. Instead we had 40 artists in weekly rotation. Hyde made his statement. Knowing him as I have for the past 40 years, I wasn't surprised then, nor am I now with his recent work of two large scale shows. During his career he has been awarded a Guggenheim, the Pollock-Krasner Grant, the Joan-Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, and the New York State CAPS Grant. He is also well represented in museums and private collections. Again, knowing him, this is no surprise. He pursued his art not only with passion and rigor, but with a scholarship of art history. In this Q and A we will catch up with the artist, his recent work and what's next.