Howard Hodgkin - Evening Editions London Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | Phillips

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

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As Time Goes By (blue)

2009
Aquatint in colours, with carborundum and hand-painting, on five hand torn sheets of Moulin de Gué 350 gsm paper, the full sheets,
overall S. 243.8 x 609.6 cm (95 7/8 x 240 in)
signed with initials, dated 'MMIX', and annotated 'AP 1/3' in pencil (an artist's proof, the edition was 7), published by Alan Cristea Gallery, London, in excellent condition, mounted on aluminium frame.

Estimate
£35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for £49,250

Evening Editions

27 February 2013
London