John Hoyland (1934 – 2011)

Yellows (1969)



56 x 94 cm

Artist’s proof. Signed and dated lower right.

Hoyland’s abstract print is made up of wide fields of colour, formally arranged. Paul Moorhouse wrote of the artist’s ‘insistence on eliminating figurative references’, and here we have an entirely abstract composition – one which has no desire to depict anything figurative, anything tangible. The colours are vivid, with the ‘restrictive palette in which red-green oppositions are dominant’ which marks Hoyland’s early work is cautiously evident here. The abstraction is deliberately imperfect: small yellow splashes break into the expanse of green, and the texture of that green overtly demonstrates its texture and madeness. Hoyland’s prints are keen to remind us of the physical process of their making, relying on the tension between the formal and the informal to do so.

John Hoyland was one of Britain’s most revered post-war abstract artists. He was born in Sheffield and studied at the Sheffield School of Art and Crafts, and then Sheffield College of Art and the Royal Academy Schools in London. His first solo exhibition was held at the Marlborough New London Gallery in 1964. Retrospectives of his paintings have been held at the Serpentine Gallery (1979), the Royal Academy (1999) and Tate St Ives (2006). Hoyland was elected to the Royal Academy in 1991 and was appointed Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy Schools in 1999.

Condition: very good; recent heavy handsome frame. Glass will be removed for international shipping.

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