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

  • 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

  • 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

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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22 August, 2019   |   News

Seminal paintings by John Hoyland to be shown as part of Tate Britain’s Spotlights series

Monday 26th August 2019 – 31st October 2019     The John Hoyland Estate is pleased to announce a display of paintings by John Hoyland as part of the Spotlights series at Tate Britain.   Curated by Andrew Wilson, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Tate Britain, the six major …

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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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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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