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“I look at my pictures, and I think, “well, how did I do that?””



Howard Hodgkin (1932 – 2017)

Sir Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin was born on 6 August 1932 in Hammersmith, London.

During the Second World War, Hodgkin was evacuated with his mother and sister to the USA, where they lived on Long Island, New York. On returning, he was educated at Eton College and then at Bryanston School in Dorset. He had decided on a career in art in early childhood and ran away from school to pursue this.

He studied at the Camberwell Art School and later at the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham, where Edward Piper studied drawing under him.

Hodgkin was a painter and printmaker. His work is most often associated with abstraction. His first solo show was in London in 1962.

In 1980, Hodgkin was invited by John Hoyland to exhibit work as part of the Hayward Annual at the Hayward Gallery along with Gillian AyresBasil BeattieTerry SetchAnthony CaroPatrick CaulfieldBen Nicholson and others.

In 1984, Hodgkin represented Britain at the Venice Biennale, in 1985 he won the Turner Prize, and in 1992 he was knighted.