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 should be a seismograph of the person.

    John Hoyland, 2006

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

    John Hoyland, 1979

  • 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

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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18 September, 2014   |   News

Hoyland Trust launches scholarship to fund next generation of artists

The John Hoyland Trust has launched The John Hoyland Scholarship in memory of John at the Chelsea College of Arts. The annual award of the full course fees of £8,500 is intended to encourage students from less privileged backgrounds to apply for an MA in Fine Art. The first student …

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3 August, 2014   |   News

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Hoyland painting voted 10th most popular

Hoyland’s 1981 painting ‘Memory Mirror’ has been chosen by the British public for the UK’s biggest and most democratic art exhibition, Art Everywhere.

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In the studio

Take a virtual tour of Hoyland’s former London studio (above). Or dip into his 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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7 September, 2014   |   News

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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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