Howard Hodgkin was one of Britain's most important painters and printmakers. Born in London in 1932, he studied at the Camberwell School of Art between 1949-50, followed by the Bath Academy of Art between 1950-1954. He has served as a trustee of the Tate Gallery, London and the National Gallery, London and in 1992 he was knighted for his services to the arts.
Hodgkin's paintings and prints often refer to memories and private experiences, but deliberately avoid the illustrational. Though his works often appear spontaneous, they are often the result of an extensive process of layering and over-painting. Hodgkin first began making original prints in the 1950s. In later years he favoured the use of etching, aquatint and carborundum combined with hand-painting. The Alan Cristea Gallery is the exclusive worldwide publisher of Hodgkin's hand-painted original prints.
In 1985, Hodgkin won the Turner Prize and represented Britain in the Venice Biennale. His work has been the subject of numerous major retrospectives most notably at the Metropolitan Museum, New York in 1995 and more recently, in 2006, at the Tate Gallery, London, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and the Reina Sofia, Madrid. His paintings and prints are held by most major museums including Tate, London; British Museum, London; Metropolitan Museum, New York; MoMA, New York; Carnegie Institute, Pennsylvania and Louisiana, Denmark.
The first exhibition of portraits by Hodgkin, Absent Friends, is on show at the National Portrait Gallery, London from 23 March – 18 June 2017. This is followed by, Painting India, at the Hepworth Wakefield from 29 June to 8 October 2017.
Hodgkin died aged 84 on 9 March, 2017 in London, England.