Artist's description:

Over the last 21 months I've been revisiting the work of Sir Howard Hodgkin. When I first visited an exhibition as an further education student in London in 1993, I disliked his work very much and was confused by it. I didn't understand it at all and felt afraid by what I saw. However, the emotional and striking images wouldn't leave me and soon I was completely fascinated and hooked by his work.

My cousin lived next door to Hodgkin in London and I could see the glass roof of his studio from my cousin's kitchen window. It was exciting to be near a real painting hero!

I started this painting in the summer of 2017 as a homage to Hodgkin, who sadly died last year. The painting is about Hodgkin's love for sunsets, Indian - but as it's my homage to him, the sunset is a sunrise and a northern sunrise. This is to convey the inspiration Hodgkin has given to me over the years and will continue to give me in the future.

Hodgkin has had a profound influence on my painting since 1993 and visiting the ‘Absent Friends’ exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery (London) and 'Painting India' at The Hepworth (Wakefield) last year reminded me of the importance of my own drive to paint and not compromise.

The oil paints and canvas are very good quality, pigment and I use a green alternative to traditional turpentine and white spirit.

Materials used:

Oil paint on canvas

Then there was light (2017)

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This artwork is sold by Donna Brewins from United Kingdom

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