John Hoyland was a British painter known for his use of vibrant color in producing abstractions which wavered between depth and flatness. Steeped in the aesthetic teachings of Hans Hofmann, Hoyland mined the emotional and formal attributes of color and scale, evinced in his seminal series Power Stations (1964-1982). “Paintings are a seduction, one develops a relationship with these inanimate objects which becomes a bond like a living person, a mirror, a realm of elusive power,” he once mused. “Art plays a game of structural truthfulness, it becomes alive. It contains and understands ecstasy through color as light. The artist must try to make every song sing and push beyond the fixing of appearances.” Born on October 12, 1934 in Sheffield, United Kingdom, he went on to study at the Sheffield College of Art and later the Royal Academy in London where he was remonstrated by a professor for painting abstractions. In 1964, Hoyland travelled to New York where he met Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko, both of whom had a lasting impact on his work. After returning to England, Hoyland’s reputation grew, culminating in the artist’s first solo exhibition in 1967 at Whitechapel Art Gallery. Over the following decades, his work continued striving to provide a sense of wonder in the viewer. Hoyland died on July 31, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. Today, the artist’s works are held in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Tehran Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Gallery in London, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.
lithograph on paper
signed, numbered and dated in pencil by the artist
number 65 from an edition of 75
part of the new york suite
image: 480 × 730mm
to be framed