Howard Hodgkin's vibrant abstract paintings open at Gagosian
Of all the exhibitions in London this winter, the Howard Hodgkin Gagosian show is a masterclass in modern painting
Howard Hodgkin: at and career
At 81, Hodgkin has forged an illustrious career. Coming to prominence in the late 1980s after he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1984, Hodgkin went on to win the Turner prize in 1985.
Although often termed as abstract, Hodgkin describes his work as representational of emotional situations. Indeed, the vigorous colours and warm sensuous hues of his canvases at Gagosian bring to life the romantic names of paintings such as Mumbai Wedding, Night Falls and Chowpatty Beach.
Looking at his work, it’s easy to see why the poet Seamus Heaney once said that Hodgkin celebrates what Dylan Thomas called the ‘force that through the green fuse drives the flower.’