This silk-screen print displays Hodgkin’s signature bold, harmonious colours and expressive style. The object at the centre of the composition, a pot-plant that features in many of the artist’s paintings and prints, is reminiscent of a palm; the saturated redish-orange patterns behind it looking like a the scorching mid-day sun, possibly a memory of he East coast of America, where Hodgkin spent much of his adolescence. One of the prints from this edition is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourn.
Howard Hodgkin CH CBE (1932-2017) was a British artist, best known for his deeply abstracted portraits and scenes from his own life. Constructing pictorial space using expressive brush marks and an inspired use of colour, his paintings almost always incorporated the frame into the image, providing a genuine three dimensional aspect that aided the incredible depth in his pictures. Born in London, Hodgkin and his family fled the Second World War sometime between 1940 and 1943, and settled in Long Island, New York.
The move proved seminal for the young artist, as, once there, he was able to study the paintings of Stuart Davis, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, which deeply influenced his work and inspired his lifelong explorations of the medium of painting. In 1984, he represented Great Britain in the Venice Biennale, winning the prestigious Turner Prize in 1985. As well as being one of the most celebrated British painters of his generation, Hodgkin was also a prolific printmaker. Silk-screen printing provided a medium that suited his bold shapes and colours but captured the subtlety and painterliness of his compositions.
The artist passed away in March, 2017 at the age of 84. He was due to have his first exhibition of portraits titled, Absent Friends, at the National Portrait Gallery in London which opened on March 23, 2017. Today, Hodgkin’s works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, to name but a few.