4th Jul, 2023 12:00

Modern British & Irish Art

Lot 67 §


signed 'John Hoyland' (verso) and dated '27.2.70' (on the canvas overlap)
acrylic on canvas
51.5 x 51.5 cm. (20 1/4 x 20 1/4 in.)

The artist, circa 1980, by whom gifted to the present owners

John Hoyland was a British abstract painter who made significant contributions to modern art. He played a crucial role in the development of abstract painting in Britain and was considered one of the leading figures of the post-war abstract art movement.

Hoyland's artistic journey began in the 1950s when he experimented with figurative and representational styles. However, he soon transitioned to abstraction and became known for his bold and vibrant canvases. His works were characterized by their large-scale compositions, intense colour palette, and a dynamic interplay of geometric shapes and forms.

Hoyland's exploration of colour and its emotional impact on the viewer was a significant aspect of his work. He believed that colour had the power to evoke deep emotional responses and sought to create immersive and visceral experiences through his paintings.

In the 1960s, Hoyland's work became associated with the Colour Field movement, which emphasized large expanses of pure colour and sought to create a direct and immediate visual experience. His compositions often featured blocks or bands of colour that interacted with one another, creating a sense of movement and depth. In 1964, Hoyland went on his first trip to America, which he travelled to on a Peter Stuyvesant Foundation bursary. This trip allowed him the opportunity to meet with Robert Motherwell, a key Abstract Expressionist painter, along with Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman.

Hoyland's influence on modern art lies in his ability to push the boundaries of abstraction and colour. He expanded the possibilities of what abstract painting could be, embracing experimentation and the expressive power of colour. His work had a lasting impact on subsequent generations of abstract painters in Britain and beyond.

Hoyland's paintings have been exhibited extensively both in the United Kingdom and internationally. He received numerous awards and honours throughout his career, including being elected a Royal Academician in 1991. Retrospectives of his paintings have been shown in the Serpantine Gallery (1979), the Royal Acdemy (1999) and Tate St Ives (2006).

We would like to thank Wiz Patterson Kelly at Hoyland Studios LPP for her assistance in cataloguing this lot. Hoyland Studios is preparing a forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the Artist's paintings and would like to hear from owners of any works by John Hoyland. Please write to Hoyland Studios, c/o Modern British and Irish Art, Chiswick Auctions, Barley Mow Centre, Chiswick London, W4 4PH Auctions, Barley Mow Centre
Chiswick London, W4 4PH or email: modernbritishart@chiswickauctions.co.uk

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