"What resonated most, officers of the Secret Intelligence
Service – more commonly known as MI6 – have suggested, were the paintings of hotel rooms… they captured scenes that were only too familiar."
Hart Dyke is a painter who was approached by M16, the UK government secret service, to paint pictures depicting the spy agency in action.
"…Hart Dyke became aware of the low-level suspicion – of people and of events – that, of necessity, permeates every day for a spy. ‘What struck me most – and I’ve tried to get this across in my paintings – is the intriguing interface between the mundane and the totally unexpected. So, for example, you’ll be in a totally normal setting – on a busy street perhaps, or in a hotel bar – but you’re waiting for something completely out-of-the-ordinary – a tip-off or an information drop. In the midst of an entirely innocent-seeming event, something entirely ‘other’ is taking place.’"
The artist who spied on MI6 – It was a top-secret mission he couldn’t refuse. Painter James Hart Dyke was assigned to shadow spooks for a year, sketchbook in hand. What did he learn about their mysterious world? The Guardian, UK>>