Howard Hodgkin

  • Blue, 2007
    oil on wood
    9.37 x 11.89 in
  • Venice Evening, 1995
    hand-painted etching aquatinta with carborundum printed from five plates. Printed on sheets of Torn Velin Arches blanc
    62.99 x 77.36 in

* 6 August 1932 in London l † 9 March 2017 in London

Sir Gordon Howard Eliott Hodgkin was a British painter and printmaker. His work is most often associated with abstraction.

Memoirs (1949), one of Hodgkin's earliest recorded paintings, shows the artist, then aged 17, listening to a female figure reclining on a sofa. Painted with angular forms and black outlines, the work precedes Hodgkin's distinct abstract syle. Hodgkin's first solo show was in London in 1962.

In 1980, Hodgkin was invited by John Hoyland to exhibit work as part of the Hayward Annual at the Hayward Gallery along with Gillian Ayres, Basil Beattie, Terry Setch, Anthony Caro, Patrick Caulfield, Ben Nicholson and others.

In 1981, Hodgkin had collaborated with the Rambert Dance Company's Resident Choreographer, Richard Alston, for his abstract work 1981 for the production of Night Music and later for the production of Pulcinella in 1987.

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