Lot 4
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Howard Hodgkin

150,000 - 200,000 GBP
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  • Howard Hodgkin
  • Ekow
  • signed and dated 2008 on the reverse
  • oil on board

Catalogue Note

Howard Hodgkin, who is the ICA's Vice President, first showed at the
organisation as part of the exhibition Pop Painting, 1960, and then
again in the two-person show Two Young Figurative Painters, 1962,
alongside Allen Jones.

For the ICA auction Hodgkin has generously created a new painting,
entitled Ekow, 2008. The work is an abstract portrait of the ICA's
Artistic Director Ekow Eshun, who visited Hodgkin's studio to sit for
the work. The painting features a painted frame, and displays
Hodgkin's signature visual language of distinct marks and intense
colours, which the artist uses to represent personal encounters.

For a long time in Britain the ICA celebrated contemporary culture almost single-handedly. That wasn't easy. It has always meant much to me. It has twice had a major impact on my life. In 1962
the graphic artist and critic Roger Coleman invited me to show at the ICA in Two Young Figurative Painters. I was thirty but still unknown – it was my first London show. The other artist, Allen Jones, was
then very fashionable. Two years later, Richard Hamilton invited me to contribute to a portfolio of works on paper to benefit
the ICA. The commission prompted me to make one of my best prints, the silkscreen Enter Laughing. (Howard Hodgkin, 2008)