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Sir Howard Hodgkin is a painter and printmaker. For nearly fifty years he has developed a form of abstraction which is uniquely his own. Based in memory and relying primarily upon colour and mark making, Hodgkin’s paintings often take many years to complete. His work has been the subject of major exhibitions across the world including shows at the Tate, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Hodgkin was born in London in 1932 and studied painting at Camberwell Art School and Bath Academy of Art, in Corsham. His early works were figurative and psychologically intense with emotionally charged figure groups and bright colours. Through the 1960s, Hodgkin’s work became more abstract, with strong geometric patterns taking an increasingly prominent role. His first solo exhibition was held in London in 1962. From 1970 Hodgkin began to evolve the fluid abstract style he has continued to this day. Combining emotional depth with formal exploration Hodgkin’s small-scale, lyrical works are at once cerebral and affecting. As Edward Lucie-Smith wrote in 1962 ‘his work has none of the drabness which is too frequently associated by modern artists with pretensions to intellect…this is painting to be enjoyed – that is, providing your idea of enjoyment doesn’t rule out the occasional need to think’.

Throughout his career Hodgkin has devoted considerable attention to printmaking. His practice of hand-painting his prints evolved in the 1970s and matches the heightened physicality that emerged in his paintings of the same time. It also testifies to Hodgkin’s profound personal engagement with the printmaking process.

Howard HODGKIN