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Howard Hodgkin: India on Paper

Victoria Art Gallery
Bridge Street
Howard Hodgkin 1991 0004 Goanese


Howard Hodgkin, one of the foremost artists of our time, visited India for the first time in 1964. The trip was a revelation and he has returned there almost every year, moved by a quality of openness in the daily life of the subcontinent, where “everything is very visible, somehow, there. Life isn’t covered up with masses of objects, masses of possessions”.
At the age of 84 Hodgkin continues to find inspiration in India, painting pictures in Mumbai using the richest tones and colours, which in turn delight and inspire audiences all over the world. This unique exhibition celebrates the artist’s connections with the country in the form of Indian-themed gouache paintings, editioned prints and hand-coloured impressions made over the last 50 years.
Some of these date from the period when Hodgkin was teaching at Bath Academy of Art (1955-66) and working alongside its skilled printers, whilst others sprang from his trust in the hand-painting techniques of Jack Shireff at the 107 Workshop in Shaw, near Melksham.
Subjects covered in this exhibition include Indian Views (1971), evoking scenes glimpsed through the windows of railway carriages; three very large prints: Delhi, Heat and In India (2012); and the Indian Waves series of 1990-91, which was painted onto sheets of handmade Indian paper. Several sheets escaped the artist’s brush at the time, but Hodgkin is going to complete them especially for the Bath show.
The Bath exhibition complements the Howard Hodgkin in India show of oil paintings at The Hepworth, Wakefield scheduled for summer 2017.

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