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Sir Howard Hodgkin

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Sir Howard Hodgkin Biography

born London (UK) 1932

Sir Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin (born August 6, 1932) is a British painter and printmaker.

Hodgkin studied at the Camberwell Art School and later at the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham. His first solo show was in London in 1962. His early paintings tend to be made up of hard-edged curved forms in a limited number of colours. Around the beginning of the 1970s, his style became more spontaneous, with vaguely recognisable shapes presented in bright colours and bold forms. His works might be called "semi-abstract", and are often compared to Henri Matisse.

Hodgkin's paintings often seek to convey memories of encounters with friends and frequently carry titles alluding to specific places and events such as Dinner at West Hill (1966) and Goodbye to the Bay of Naples (1980-82). Hodgkin himself has said that he paints "representational pictures of emotional situations".

Despite their apparent spontaneity and usually small scale, many of Hodgkin's paintings take years to complete, with him returning to a work after a wait and then changing it or adding to it. He often paints over the frames of his pictures, emphasising the idea of the painting as an object. Several of his works are on wooden items, such as bread-boards or the tops of old tables, rather than canvas. A number of his works not shown in frames are surrounded by rectangles of simple colour.

In 1984, Hodgkin represented Britain at the Venice Biennale, in 1985 he won the Turner Prize, and in 1992 he was knighted.

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  • 1964 - Arthur Tooth & Sons London
  • 1965 - Pop Art, Nouveau Realisme Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1966 - Serpentine Gallery London
  • 1967 - Arthur Tooth and Sons, London
  • 1967 - Paris, Biennale Musee dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
  • 1969 - Kasmin Gallery, London
  • 1970 - Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol
  • 1970 - Contemporary British Art The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, in collaboration with the British Council
  • 1971 - Galerie Muller, Cologne
  • 1972 - Waddington Galleries, London
  • 1973 - Henry Moore to Gilbert and Geroge - Modern British Art from the Tate Gallery Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1974 - Tokyo Biennale - First International Biennale Exhibition of Figurative Paintings in Toyko, Shibuya Tokyo Department Store
  • 1975 - Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol
  • 1976 - Arts Council exhibition toured to Museum of Modern Art; Oxford Serpentine Gallery, London
  • 1976 - Waddington/Kasmin Galleries, London
  • 1976 - Tate Gallery, London
  • 1976 - Museum of Modern Art Oxford
  • 1977 - Hayward Annual, Hayward Gallery, London
  • 1977 - British Artist of the Sixties from the collections of the Tate Gallery, Tate Gallery, London
  • 1977 - To 1979 - Museum of Modern Art, Oxford exhibition toured throughout England
  • 1978 - Riverside Studios, London; British Council exhibition toured to India, Malaysia and Colombia
  • 1979 - The Artists Eye, National Gallery, London
  • 1980 - Bernard Jacobson, New York
  • 1981 - M. Knoedler and Co. Inc., New York
  • 1981 - Bernard Jacobson, Los Angeles
  • 1981 - A New Spirit in Painting, Royal Academy, London
  • 1981 - To 1982 - University of Queensland Art Museum and British Council exhibition toured throughout Australia
  • 1982 - Bernard Jacobson, London
  • 1982 - Tate Gallery, London
  • 1982 - Aspects of British Art Today, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
  • 1983 - Hayward Gallery London
  • 1984 - M. Knoedler and Co. Inc., New York
  • 1984 - An International Survey of Recent Paintings & Sculpture, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • 1984 - Venice Biennale
  • 1984 - To 1985 - Phillips Collection, Whitechapel Art Gallery and British Council exhibition
  • 1985 - LA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 1985 - Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London
  • 1985 - Tate Gallery, London
  • 1985 - Made in India, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • 1985 - Whitechapel Art Gallery London
  • 1986 - The Window in Twentieth-Century Art, Neuberger Museum, New York
  • 1986 - Forty Years of Modern Art 1945-1985, Tate Gallery, London
  • 1986 - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
  • 1987 - Waddington Galleries, London
  • 1987 - British Art in the 20th Century, Royal Academy, London
  • 1988 - Waddington Galleries, London
  • 1988 - M. Knoedler and Co., Inc., New York
  • 1989 - The Joanne Chappell Gallery, San Francisco
  • 1989 - Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington D.C.
  • 1989 - Gallery Ikeda-Bijutsu, Japan
  • 1989 - To 1990 - British Council exhibition toured to: Spain, Morocco and Greece
  • 1990 - Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne
  • 1990 - Reynolds/Minor Gallery, Richmond, Virginia; Ganz Gallery, Cambridge; Lumley-Cazalet, London
  • 1990 - To 1991 - Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin
  • 1990 - To 1991 - British Council exhibition toured to: Musee des Beaux-Arts, Nantes; Caixa de Pensions, Barcelona, Spain
  • 1990 - To 1991 - Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
  • 1991 - Karsten Schubert, London
  • 1991 - Brooke Alexan der Editions, New York
  • 1991 - Waddington Galleries, London
  • 1992 - British Figurative Painting, Israel Museum
  • 1993 - Anthony dOffay Gallery, London
  • 1993 - The Sixties Art Scene in London, Barbican Art Gallery, London
  • 1994 - Here and Now Serpentine Gallery, London
  • 1996 - Hayward Gallery London
  • 1995 - Alan Cristea Gallery, London
  • 1995 - Smith Andersen Gallery, California
  • 1998 - Signature Pieces Alan Cristea Gallery, London
  • 2000 - Anthony dOffay, London
  • 2000 - Encounters National Gallery, London
  • 2001 - Alan Cristea Gallery, London
  • 2001 - Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
  • 2002 - Pace Editions, New York
  • 2002 - Galerie Lutz & Thalmann Dean Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • 2002 - The Galleries Show - Contemporary Art in London Royal Academy, London
  • 2003 - Print Retrospective, Alan Cristea Gallery, London

Select Artwork

  • Black Palm, 1986-1987
  • Nick's Room, 1977
  • Deep Purple, 2002
  • Little Lotus, 1978
  • Architecture, 1978
  • The Sky's the Limit, 2003
  • In a Public Garden, 1997-1998
  • Moonlight, 1980
  • Put Out More Flags, 1992
  • Still Life, 1980
  • Moonlight, 1980
  • Sarajevo, 1983
  • Interior, Durand Gardens, 1972-1974
  • Moonlight, 1980
  • In an Empty Room, 1990-1991
  • Early Evening..., 1979
  • Here We Are In Croydon, 1979
  • Autumn, 1998-2003
  • Undergrowth, 1998-2003
  • The Body in the Library, 1998-2003

Quotes

  • "But I work in a country where I think that if I didn't talk about my work at all people might not even bother to look at it."
  • "I think that words in this country are paramount where the visual arts are concerned."
  • "I think in any work of art, if the work of art succeeds, gets through and the label on it is perhaps not terribly important."
  • "By sitting looking at a painting for a very long time rather than keeping it away from me and then returning to it, I can work on it more quickly."
  • "It's physically very difficult with very large pictures because the necessity of making the kinds of marks I do and the necessary technique for making them, requires considerable stamina."

Publications

  • Howard Hodgkin - by Nicholas Serota, TATE GALLERY PUBLISH (June 30, 2006)
  • Howard Hodgkin - by James Meyer, Nicholas Serota, Tate Gallery (September 1, 2006)
  • Howard Hodgkin: The Complete Paintings: Catalogue Raisonne - by Marla Price, John Elderfield, Thames & Hudson (September 25, 2006)
  • Writers on Howard Hodgkin - by Julian Barnes, William Boyd, Susan Sontag, Enrique Juncosa, Tate Gallery (September 1, 2006)
  • Howard Hodgkin, Paintings 1992-2007 (Yale Center for British Art) - by Anthony Lane, Richard Morphet, Julia Marciari Alexander (Editor), David Scrase, YC British Art (April 11, 2007)
  • Howard Hodgkin Prints - by Liesbeth Heenk, Nan Rosenthal, Thames & Hudson (April 24, 2006)

Quick Facts

  • Hodgkin's paintings often seek to convey memories of encounters with friends and frequently carry titles alluding to specific places and events such as Dinner at "West Hill" and "Goodbye to the Bay of Naples".
  • Despite their apparent spontaneity and usually small scale, many of Hodgkin's paintings take years to complete.
  • He often paints over the frames of his pictures, emphasising the idea of the painting as an object.
  • In 1984, Hodgkin represented Britain at the Venice Biennale, in 1985 he won the Turner Prize, and in 1992 he was knighted.

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