Howard Hodgkin - New Now London Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Petersburg Press, London
    Bjorn Bengtsson, Sweden
    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    London, The Tate Gallery, Indian Leaves, 22 September - 7 November 1982, no. 40, n.p.

  • Artist Biography

    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 Pahari miniatures from India, of which he was an avid collector.

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signed, titled and dated 'Howard Hodgkin 1978 Ventilator' on the backing board
dye on hand-made Indian Khadi paper
71.5 x 90.8 cm (28 1/8 x 35 3/4 in.)
Executed in 1978.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £12,500

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New Now

London Auction 5 December 2018