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Howard Hodgkin: Paintings 1992-2007

Hodgkin (b. 1932) describes his paintings as ‘representational pictures of emotional situations’. They attempt to recapture the intensity of experience. He paints in oil on wood, often re-using old panels and frames. Working from memory, he both reveals and obscures his subjects by layering the picture surface with bold colours and distinctive marks.

Many of his works relate to artists represented in the Fitzwilliam Museum’s collections such as After Samuel Palmer, the iconic After Degas and the sumptuous After Vuillard. Others in the exhibition are inspired by nature - Mud, Fog, Echo, Moonlight - and by travel: When in Rome and Venice Grey Water (illustrated).

An artist of international standing, Hodgkin held his first one-man show when he was thirty and achieved recognition in New York before he was known in London. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1984 and was awarded the Turner Prize the following year. He will celebrate his 75th birthday during the run of this exhibition.

The exhibition is complemented by a wide-ranging programme of special activities, including art and creative writing workshops, supported by the John Lewis Partnership and Cambridgeshire County Council

Thu 24 May 2007 to Sun 23 September 2007
Mellon Gallery (Gallery 13)
Free Admission



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See a retrospective of Howard Hodgkin’s printmaking career at the Victoria Art Gallery, Pulteney Bridge, Bath until 30 September 2007.


Sir Howard Hodgkin celebrates his 75th birthday this summer with a stunning show of paintings from the last fifteen years at the Fitzwilliam Museum. None of the works was shown at his 2006 Tate retrospective. You may wish to leave our site to see a video of the artist in conversation with Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate.

Howard Hodgkin talking with Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate