Welcome to the website of the late John Hoyland (1934-2011), one of Britain’s leading abstract painters. 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

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

    John Hoyland, 1979

  • 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

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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24 May, 2019   |   News

(VIDEO – 2003) John Hoyland – le chaos naturel’, directed by Erik Levesque, produced by Univerne BEKA, Paris

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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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11 October, 2018   |   News

Hoyland Trust funds next generation of artists

The John Hoyland Trust launched The John Hoyland Scholarship in memory of John at the Chelsea College of Arts in 2014. The annual award is intended to encourage students from less privileged backgrounds to apply for an MA in Fine Art. The first student, Rhiannon Salisbury, took up her place …

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23 July, 2017   |   News

Free Forms: John Hoyland & Jeff Lowe (27 July – 30 September 2017)

Free Forms: John Hoyland & Jeff Lowe – Print, painting & sculpture 27 July – 30 September 2017 ArtCatto – Conrad Algarve Almancil, Portugal For More Information, Please Click Here

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7 March, 2017   |   News

Hoyland gives back to Jamaica – building classrooms for the place that inspired him

The Hoyland Trust Estate has completed the building of two classrooms for Anchovy Primary School in Jamaica. Hoyland’s connection with the school was through his wife, Beverley Heath-Hoyland, who attended as a child. The former Jamaican beauty queen, who now oversees the John Hoyland Trust, says, ‘John loved Jamaica, its colours …

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30 June, 2015   |   News

Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery opens with major Hoyland show (8 October, 2015 – 3 April, 2016)

A major exhibition of works by Hoyland is the inaugural show at Damien Hirst’s newly-built London gallery Newport Street Gallery which opened to the public on October 8th, 2015. The gallery in Newport Street, Lambeth, south London, is the realization of Hirst’s long-held ambition to create a permanent gallery in which to …

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7 September, 2014   |   News

BBC releases celebrated Arena film showing Hoyland in action

The BBC is celebrating its autumn abstract art season, ‘BBC Four Goes Abstract: When Art Broke Free’, by making permanently available on iPlayer a classic 1979 episode of Arena featuring John Hoyland. Titled ‘Six Days in September’ it shows Hoyland making an entire painting over the course of six days. …

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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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About 3 weeks ago from John Hoyland RA's Twitter