Howard Hodgkin

Biography of Howard Hodgkin

Although success was a long time in coming to the British artist, Howard Hodgkin could enjoy his final decades as one of the most internationally acclaimed artists of our age. Born in 1932 in London, Hodgkin graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 1950.

Howard Hodgkin’s broad brush strokes and lush palette may appear casual and spontaneous, they are anything but, and he is known to work on a painting for two or three years. Using assertive compressed gestures that often incorporate the frame, he investigates the nature of painting as both an expression and means of visual communication.


In 1984 Howard Hodgkin represented Britain at the Venice Biennale and in 1985 he was awarded the Turner Prize. His first retrospective show was curated by Nicholas Serota at the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford, in 1976. In 1996 a vast retrospective of his work was held at London’s Hayward Gallery and at Tate Britain in London in 2006 a major exhibition of his work was held. He died in 2017, a deeply beloved figure in the contemporary art world. 

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