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

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

    John Hoyland, Tate Gallery talk, 1994

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

    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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23 September, 2015   |   News


Colour, Emotion, Non-Figuration: John Hoyland Revisited – Chelsea School of Art 10 March 2016

The symposium ‘Colour, Emotion, Non-Figuration: John Hoyland Revisited’ held at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London coincided with a major exhibition of Hoyland’s paintings at Damien Hirst’s newly opened Newport Street Gallery. The day explored Hoyland’s art and times, while opening his painting up to new perspectives …

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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


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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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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30 June, 2015   |   News

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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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About 6 days ago from John Hoyland RA's Twitter