John Hoyland

Established Artist – 1934 – 2011


A painter and printmaker of prodigious creative energy and imagination, John Hoyland was widely recognised as one of the greatest abstract artists of his time. From the beginning of his career John Hoyland unwaveringly championed the centrality of abstraction to the living history of modernist art.
John Hoyland first studied at the Sheffield College of Art in 1946, and continued at the Royal Academy Schools, London from 1956 to 1960. From 1967 John Hoyland spent increasing amounts of time in America, associating with such artists as Rothko, Newman and Motherwell, but in the Seventies he returned to settle in England. He has traveled widely in Europe and North and South America, and was Artist-in-Residence at the Studio School in New York and at Melbourne University, Australia in 1979.

Influenced by Hans Hofmann, his work is abstract, with vibrant blocks of colour poured, splattered, brushed and applied with a palette-knife. John Hoyland held his first one-man show in 1964 at the Marlborough Gallery, London, with subsequent exhibitions in London at the Waddington Galleries, Serpentine Gallery, Flowers East and a major exhibition at the Whitechapel in 1967.

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