Howard Hodgkin - Hodgkin in his studio, Photo Credits - David Levene, The Guardian

Howard Hodgkin /   Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin

United Kingdom 1932 - 2017

Painting, Modern Art

Howard Hodgkin
Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin
United Kingdom
July 22, 2015
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The very idea of abstract representation deeply moved Howard Hodgkin and over the years his impressive body of work became characterized as one of the finest examples of post-war modern art from the Islands. The continuous interest in intense relations between pictorial elements, the very perception of a painterly surface, color and forms, suggest the artist’s desire to explore different layers of meanings and emotions. The flow of time did not discourage him to change the media or decrease his activity. Nevertheless, the ideas of Howard Hodgkin grow and developed so it is no wonder that his artistic practice reached really high range.

British painter died in march 2017 in privacy of his home and his gallery released the news
Howard Hodgkin – DH in Holywood, 1979 – 1985

The Artistic Development of Howard Hodgkin

Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin was born in 1932 in London. He was raised in highly educated and well-ranked family – his father was a manager for the chemical company and a noted amateur horticulturist, and a mother, a botanical illustrator, and some of his ancestors were established members of British society. During the Second World War, Howard Hodgkin was evacuated with his mother and sister to the USA, where they lived in New York. After the return to the UK, he was educated at Eton College and then at Bryanston School in Dorset. Later, the artist studied at the Camberwell Art School[8] and later at the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham.

Howard Hodgkin has developed specific approach to coloring and forms

In march 2015 new british gallery showed video about Indian work in privacy of their home space
Howard Hodgkin – Venice afternoon, 1995

Early Beginnings

The artist was rather determined to devote himself fully to art in early childhood and even ran away from school to pursue this. Despite all the obstacles, Howard Hodgkin was able to manage his first solo show in London in 1962. His early works from the 1950s and 1960s include stylized figurative scenes and landscapes, depicting specific emotional experiences and significant personal interactions using his unique visual vocabulary. Around the beginning of the 1970s, Hodgkin’s style became more spontaneous, with vaguely recognizable shapes presented in bright colors and bold forms. His works may then be called semi-abstract, and are often compared to the paintings of Henri Matisse.

The depths of abstraction

For several exhibitions he Howard Hodgkin received prize and one painting gained particular fame and special recognition
Howard Hodgkin – Green Thoughts, 2007 – 2009

The Great Achievements of Howard Hodgkin

In 1980, Hodgkin was invited by John Hoyland to exhibit work as part of the Hayward Annual at the Hayward Gallery. His career was burgeoning at the time, and in 1984 Hodgkin represented Britain at the Venice Biennale, while in 1985 he won the Turner Prize. Finally, the last act of official recognition happened in 1992 when he was knighted. A decade later, he was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as a Companion of Honor, while in 2006 a major exhibition of his work was mounted at Tate Britain. The same year, The Independent declared the artist one of the 100 most influential gay people in Britain, as his work has helped many people express their emotions to others.

The bright and vivid colors were Hodgkin’s forte

In 2017 Howard Hodgkin’s works were shown according to his terms and that was covered by news
Howard Hodgkin – In the Pink, 2008 – 2014

The Aesthetic Domains

Although that was not apparent at first glance, the works always had a subject and they were not abstract and Hodgkin often commented how he had never painted an abstract work in his life, that he was an “a figurative painter of emotional situations”. Namely, the works were usually guided by the construction of pictorial space using expressive brush marks and lush colors, almost always painted on the backs of old picture frames. The love for French artist’s like Degas, Vuillard and Bonnard affected his sensuous, intense paintings, as well as frequent travels to India.

One of Britain’s greatest contemporary artists

The 2017 video about the Indian exhibition showed much in the terms of contact with the audience
Howard Hodgkin – In the Shade, 2015-16

The Notable Legacy of Howard Hodgkin

Through the years, the artist became best known for his vibrantly colored paintings that chronicle his personal experiences, and such a consistency made him recognizable. The idea of sticking to the same approach is transferred on another aspect of his practice – the hand-painted etchings were realized with the same master printer and print publisher for the last 25 years. Hodgkin has exhibited his work at the Tate Britain in London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford. Howard Hodgkin did not just belonged to a generation of artists who came to prominence in the late 1950s and early 60s, like David Hockney or Peter Blake, but has remained active, focused and precise despite the fact his success came later. The artist’s outstanding contribution to the post-war modern art movement is of great importance and complete insight in his work is yet to be discovered.

Howard Hodgkin passed away in 2017 in London.

All images are courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013Howard Hodgkin: Views Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London (England)Solo
2013Tenth Anniversary Acquisitions The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TXGroup
2013Howard Hodgkin - New Paintings Gagosian Gallery, RomeSolo
2012Howard Hodgkin Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012Howard Hodgkin Alan Cristea Gallery, London (England)Solo
2011Howard Hodgkin: As Time Goes By The Phillips Collection, Washington, DCSolo
2011HOWARD HODGKIN Gagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
2010Howard Hodgkin - Time and Place DE PONT museum of contemporary art, TilburgSolo
2010Howard Hodgkin: Prints from the Collection 1987–2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NYSolo
2010Howard Hodgkin The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford (England)Solo
2009Howard Hodgkin: As Time Goes By Alan Cristea Gallery, London (England)Solo
2008Howard Hodgkin: Prints Turnpike Gallery, LeighSolo
2008Howard Hodgkin Gagosian Gallery, London (England)Solo
2007UntitledAbbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, CumbiaGroup
2006UntitledTate Britain, London, UKGroup
2005UntitledIngleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UKGroup
2005UntitledKunst Köln, white8, VillachGroup
2003UntitledGalerie Dagmar Aichholzer, VillachGroup
2003Print Retrospective ( coincide with launch of Thames & Hudson print catalogue raisonné )Alan Cristea Gallery London Group
2002UntitledPace Editions, New York, NYGroup
2002UntitledGalerie Lutz & Thalmann Dean Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, UKGroup
2002The Galleries Show Contemporary Art in London, Royal Academy, London, UKGroup
2001UntitledAlan Cristea Gallery, London, UKGroup
2001UntitledDulwich Picture Gallery, London, UKGroup
2000UntitledAnthony d'Offay, London, UKGroup
2000Encounters National Gallery, London, UKGroup
1998Signature Pieces Alan Cristea Gallery, London, UKGroup
1996UntitledHayward Gallery London, UKGroup
1995–1996UntitledMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NYGroup
1995–1996UntitledModern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TXGroup
1995UntitledAlan Cristea Gallery, London, TXGroup
1995UntitledSmith Andersen Gallery, California (graphics, curated by Carleen Keating)Group
1994Here and Now' Serpentine Gallery, London, UKGroup
1993–1994UntitledM. Knoedler and Co. Inc, New York, NYGroup
1993UntitledAnthony d'Offay Gallery, London, UKGroup
1993The Sixties Art Scene in London Barbican Art Gallery, London, UKGroup
1992UntitledBritish Figurative Painting, Israel MuseumGroup
1991UntitledKarsten Schubert, London, UKGroup
1991UntitledBrooke Alexan der Editions, New York, NYGroup
1991UntitledWaddington Galleries, London, UKGroup
1990–1991UntitledDouglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, IrelandGroup
1990–1991UntitledScottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, UKGroup
1990UntitledGalerie Michael Werner, CologneGroup
1990UntitledReynolds/Minor Gallery, Richmond, Virginia; Ganz Gallery, Cambridge; Lumley-Cazalet, London, UKGroup
1989–1990UntitledBritish Council exhibition toured to: Spain, Morocco and GreeceGroup
1989UntitledThe Joanne Chappell Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1989UntitledMarsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington D.C.Group
1989UntitledGallery Ikeda, Bijutsu, JapanGroup
1988Waddington Galleries London UKWaddington Galleries, London, UKGroup
1988UntitledM. Knoedler and Co., Inc., New York, NYGroup
1987UntitledWaddington Galleries, London, UKGroup
1987British Art in the 20th Century Royal Academy, London, UKGroup
1986The Window in TwentiethCentury Art, Neuberger Museum, New York, NYGroup
1986Forty Years of Modern Art 19451985, Tate Gallery, London, UKGroup
1986AlbrightKnox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, NYGroup
1985UntitledLA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1985UntitledBernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UKGroup
1985UntitledTate Gallery, London, UKGroup
1985Made in India Museum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
1985UntitledWhitechapel Art Gallery London, UKGroup
1984–1985Phillips Collection Whitechapel Art Gallery and British Council exhibition - Gesellschaft, Hannover; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UKGroup
1984UntitledM. Knoedler and Co. Inc., New York, NYGroup
1984An International Survey of Recent Paintings & Sculpture Museum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
1984UntitledVenice Biennale, Venica, ItalyGroup
1983UntitledHayward Gallery, London, UKGroup
1982UntitledBernard Jacobson, London, UKGroup
1982UntitledTate Gallery, London, UKGroup
1982Aspects of British Art Today Tokyo Metropolitan Art MuseumGroup
1981–1982UntitledUniversity of Queensland Art Museum and British Council exhibition toured throughout AustraliaGroup
1981UntitledM. Knoedler and Co. Inc., New York, NYGroup
1981UntitledBernard Jacobson, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1981A New Spirit in Painting Royal Academy, London, UKGroup
1980UntitledBernard Jacobson, New York, NYGroup
1979The Artist's Eye National Gallery, London, NYGroup
1977–1979UntitledMuseum of Modern Art, Oxford exhibition toured throughout EnglandGroup
1978UntitledRiverside Studios, London (graphics); British Council exhibition toured to India, Malaysia and ColombiaGroup
1977Hayward Annual' Hayward Gallery, London, UKGroup
1977British Artist of the Sixties from the collections of the Tate Gallery Tate Gallery, London, UKGroup
1976UntitledArts Council exhibition toured to Museum of Modern ArtGroup
1976UntitledWaddington/Kasmin Galleries, London, UKGroup
1976UntitledTate Gallery, London, UKGroup
1976UntitledMuseum of Modern Art OxfordGroup
1975UntitledArnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UKGroup
1974Tokyo Biennale First International Biennale Exhibition of Figurative Paintings in Toyko, Shibuya Tokyo Department StoreGroup
1973Henry Moore to Gilbert and Geroge Modern British Art from the Tate Gallery Palais des Beaux - Arts, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
1972UntitledWaddington Galleries, London, UKGroup
1971UntitledGalerie Muller, CologneGroup
1970UntitledArnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UKGroup
1970UntitledContemporary British Art The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, in collaboration with the British CouncilGroup
1969UntitledKasmin Gallery, London, UKGroup
1967UntitledArthur Tooth and Sons, London, UKGroup
1967Paris Biennale Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, FranceGroup
1966UntitledSerpentine Gallery London, UKGroup
1965Pop Art Nouveau Realisme Palais des Beaux - Arts, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
1964UntitledArthur Tooth & Sons London, UKGroup
1963British Printing in the SixtiesTate Gallery and Whitechapel Art Gallery, LondonGroup
1962Howard Hodgkin - Paintings Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, EnglandSolo