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    Howard Hodgkin

    British • 1932 - 2017

    One of the greatest colorists of his generation, Howard Hodgkin explores the very nature of painting as both cultured language and sheer expression. He disregards the classical polarities of abstraction and representation, past and present, canvas and frame, using gestural brushstrokes and a vivid palette to emphasize the picture plane, while simultaneously seeking to convey memories and emotions.

    The seemingly casual, urgent quality of his paintings and prints belies a drawn-out process of making: it could take a year for Hodgkin to prepare to execute a single brushstroke. The resultant maximalist, saturated works on canvas, paper, wood and board can be intimately scaled and jewel-like, or oversized, opulent and theatrical. Whilst his early compositions have a collaged, geometric flatness, Hodgkin's later work (including etching and aquatint prints) increasingly incorporated more lush surface textures and complex, fluid patterns reminiscent of the Paturi miniatures from India, of which he was an avid collector.

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Two's Company (a); and Two's Company (b)

2002-03
Two etching and aquatints in colors with hand-coloring and carborundum, on Somerset paper, the full sheets,
both S. 14 3/4 x 18 1/4 in. (37.5 x 46.4 cm)
signed with initials, dated `2003' and numbered 20/40 and 25/40 in pencil (the complete series of four was printed in an edition of 80, numbered 40 in Arabic and 40 in Roman numerals, each color combination in editions of 20 and 4 artist's proofs), co-published by Elton John AIDS Foundation and Alan Cristea Gallery, London, both unframed.

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$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $5,625

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New York Auctions 21 April 2015