June 30, 2015

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 share his diverse art collection of over 3,000 works – known as the Murderme Collection – with the public.

The show, titled ʻPower Stations’, will run for six months until April 3, 2016. Spanning a formative period in Hoyland’s career, which includes his first solo museum exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery in 1967, the work is drawn entirely from Hirst’s own carefully amassed collection of Hoyland paintings from the years 1964 to 1982. Occupying all six of the gallery spaces that make up Newport Street, entry is free – as it will be for all the Gallery’s exhibitions.

Hoyland’s widow Beverley Heath-Hoyland says: ʻJohn was absolutely over the moon that Damien was passionate about his work, and I’m just so pleased he knew before he died of Damien’s plans to use his work for his inaugural show. It’s a wonderful gesture and I only wish John was with us to see it finally come to fruition. Damien chose the earlier works as those are the ones he grew up with and was inspired by at art college. John, like Damien, couldn’t understand why in Britain we tend to celebrate non-figurative painters from other parts of the world – Rothko et al – but not our own. Why should that be? I think this show is a great riposte on Damien’s part to that viewpoint.’

The Newport Street exhibition is the first major show since Hoyland’s death in 2011 and will reaffirm his status as an important and innovative force within international abstraction, providing new insights into the way in which his work evolved from the huge colour-stained canvases of the 1960s, through the textured surfaces of the 1970s to the more spatially complex paintings of the early 1980s.

Damien Hirst has called Hoyland ʻby far the greatest British abstract painter’, adding: ʻHis paintings always feel like a massive celebration of life to me.’

Further information John Hoyland: Power Stations (Paintings 1964–1982) 8 October, 2015 – 3 April, 2016 Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, London SE11 6AJ Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am–6pm Admission free www.newportstreetgallery.com

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