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

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

    John Hoyland, Tate Gallery talk, 1994

  • Painting should be a seismograph of the person.

    John Hoyland, 2006

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

    John Hoyland, 1979

Power Stations Exhibition

JOHN HOYLAND : POWER STATIONS (Paintings 1964–1982) 8 October, 2015 – 10 April, 2016 This show marked the opening of Newport Street Gallery in Lambeth, south London, a major new space which is free to the public. The paintings were all drawn from Damien Hirst’s art collection – known as the …

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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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11 February, 2019   |   News

Recent acquisitions of works by John Hoyland

The John Hoyland Estate are pleased to announce that four major paintings by John Hoyland have recently entered the collections of the Tate, the Tucson Museum of Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Beautiful Geometry: William Boyd on John Hoyland

I bought my first John Hoyland in 1994.  It was a predominantly red abstract with a rectangle of acid green at the bottom, painted in 1964.  It was at auction – Christie’s – and, as it turned out, I was the sole bidder.  Auction houses are a very useful indicator …

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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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