John Hoyland, R.A.
- John Hoyland, R.A.
- signed and titled twice on the canvas overlap
- acrylic on canvas
Sale, Sotheby's London, 12th July 2013, lot 217
Alan Wheatley Art, London, where acquired by the present owner
'Paintings are there to be experienced, they are events. They are also to be meditated on and to be enjoyed by the senses; to be felt through the eye.'
(John Hoyland, John Hoyland: Paintings 1967 - 1979 (exh. cat.), Serpentine Gallery, London, 1979)
By 1969, Hoyland’s reputation had reached the extent that he was able to commit himself full time to his own painting and resign from his post at the Chelsea School of Art. Throughout the next decade he would secure international recognition with representation at the Waddington Galleries in London and with André Emmerich in New York. In 1979, ten years after he had represented Britain at the São Paolo Biennale with Anthony Caro (where the two formed a close and longstanding friendship), a full-scale retrospective of Hoyland’s work was held at the Serpentine Gallery.
21.2.70 is therefore one of the first works from one of the most successful periods of Hoyland’s career. These works have a greater sense of action and automatism, with the paint applied in layers of freer, looser splashes, drips and flicks. These dense and weighty surfaces have a greater chromatic range and intensity than his earlier works, perhaps a result of his exposure to the techniques of the New York painters such as Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler and Larry Poons, whom he was in close contact at this time. The paintings and theories of Hans Hofmann also exerted a strong influence on Hoyland in the 1970s, encouraging him to imbue his paintings with greater personal and emotional expression.