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BRITISH, 1932-2017


Howard Hodgkin’s vivid, gestural abstractions pushed the boundaries of painting, often quite literally—the artist became well known for brushstrokes that trailed off the edges of the wooden supports he used instead of traditional canvases. The results blurred the distinction between painting and frame and undermined traditional notions of the picture plane. Hodgkin’s compositions incorporated both geometric fields and more fluid pools of paint. All embraced emotive color palettes. Hodgkin studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in London and the Bath Academy of Art, and his work has been exhibited in New York, London, Hong Kong, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, and Los Angeles. In 1984, he represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale. Hodgkin’s work has sold for seven figures at auction and belongs in the collections of the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate, and the Phillips Collection, among others. Hodgkin also produced prints, posters, set design, and textiles, and he designed the architectural façade for the British Council’s offices in New Delhi.

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