Lot 251
  • 251


25,000 - 35,000 GBP
60,000 GBP
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  • Sir Howard Hodgkin
  • Swimming
  • signed with initials, dated 2011 and titled on the reverse 
  • acrylic on foam board

Catalogue Note

Twelve leading British artists were invited to design the official London 2012 Olympics posters.  Howard Hodgkin was amongst those who contributed, along with Bridget Riley, Michael Craig-Martin, Tracey Emin, Martin Creed, Gary Hume, Rachel Whiteread, Chris Ofili, Sarah Morris, Fiona Banner, Bob and Roberta Smith, and Anthea Hamilton.  Swimming was widely regarded as the most successful poster.  Jonathan Jones in The Guardian commented, ‘But to see Howard Hodgkin, grand old man of sensuous painters, reach into the deep blue to create a dreamlike metamorphosis of athlete and water, the diver and the pool, is beautiful. This is more poetry than mere poster.’ (Jonathan Jones, The Guardian, 4th November 2011).  While Ben Luke in the Evening Standard commented: ‘Michael Craig-Martin’s is perhaps the most striking – vivid colour with a stark, exhilarating message. But for sheer visual pleasure and clarity, Howard Hodgkin’s Swimming, a tumble-turn captured in a few swathes of sumptuous blue, wins the day.’ (Ben Luke, Evening Standard, 4th November 2011)