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‘Appreciation: John Hoyland’ by Andrew Lambirth

It’s difficult to believe that John Hoyland is dead. He was a man so full of life, with such appetite for living, that his absence from our midst makes no sense. Even when grievously ill in the past months, he was more likely to engage in anecdote and tell jokes …

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‘Obituary: John Hoyland’ by Mel Gooding

Prodigiously creative abstract artist whose ultra-vivid work went to painting’s extremes. A painter and printmaker of prodigious creative energy and imagination, John Hoyland, who has died aged 76 of complications following heart surgery in 2008, was widely recognised as one of the greatest abstract artists of his time. From the …

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‘Hoyland and Hirst’

When we asked Damien Hirst if he would discuss his ‘return to painting’, he suggested a conversation with leading abstract artist John Hoyland RA. As both artists prepared for new London shows in Autumn 2009, they met in John Hoyland’s studio. Damien Hirst, born in 1965, is known for the …

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‘Blood on the canvas, by a modern master’ by Esther Walker

John Hoyland has been called Europe’s answer to Mark Rothko. On a visit to his London studio, Esther Walker discovers why the celebrated painter has turned to Robert Fisk of The Independent for inspiration in his latest artworks. “I borrow anything from anything,” says the artist John Hoyland. “I’ll borrow …

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‘A painter shows his true colours’ by C J Schuler

John Hoyland emerged as one of Britain’s leading abstract painters in the Sixties, exhibiting with both the influential Situation group in 1960 and the New Generation artists – along with Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney and Bridget Riley – at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1964. Later that year, he went …

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‘Orchestrated Explosions’ by Andrew Lambirth

This small but telling retrospective at Tate St Ives is one of a number of Hoyland exhibitions timed to coincide or overlap this summer. There have already been a couple of commercial shows of recent and older work in London, and another has just opened at the Lemon Street Gallery …

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