John Hoyland (b.1934 Sheffield, UK – d.2011 London, UK) was one of the most inventive and dynamic abstract painters of the post-war period. Over the span of more than a half-century his art and attitudes constantly evolved. A distinctive artistic personality emerged, concerned with colour, painterly drama, with both excess and control, with grandeur and above all, with the vehement communication of feeling. Collected here is a selection of Hoyland’s work showing his progression from the hard-edge works of the early 1960s through to the intensely subjective paintings that marked his final decade

  • Painting is the will and the whole self in harmony, without self-deception.

    John Hoyland, Tate Gallery talk, 1994

  • Painting should be a seismograph of the person.

    John Hoyland, 2006

  • There is no place for cynicism, only joy, passion and wonderment, clarity and eagerness.

    John Hoyland, Tate Gallery talk, 1994

  • Paintings are there to be experienced, they are events.

    John Hoyland, 1979

7 October, 2021   |   News

John Hoyland : The Last Paintings – Ridinghouse

This richly illustrated publication explores the paintings made in the last decade of Hoyland’s life, including his final series The Mysteries. Essays by Natalie Adamson, David Anfam, Matthew Collings and the late Mel Gooding discuss his veneration of Van Gogh, his connections to Turner and his development of the visual language …

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These Mad Hybrids: John Hoyland and Contemporary Sculpture 3 February – 12 May 2024

The exhibition positions a group of ceramic sculptures made by John Hoyland RA in dialogue with a spectacular, international, assembly of contemporary sculpture by artists including Phyllida Barlow and Hew Locke. A display of paintings by Hoyland shows the dynamic connection between his sculptures and paintings. Curated by sculptor Olivia …

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Catalogue raisonné

If you own a painting by John Hoyland then please let us know. We’re compiling a complete catalogue of his paintings and need your help to track down those works in private hands.

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In the studio

Take a virtual tour of Hoyland’s sketchbooks and scrapbooks to find out more about how he worked.

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Spotlight on the archive

Read a fascinating interview from 1978 which reveals how Hoyland chose to deal with the legacy of Rothko

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