Howard Hodgkin

English (1932 - 2017)
Howard Hodgkin In Scotland 2003 © The Estate of Howard Hodgkin


Born 1932
Died 2017
Nationality English
Birth place London

Hodgkin was born in London. He studied at Camberwell School of Art, London and at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, where he subsequently taught. Hodgkin's paintings may look abstract but are always based on specific events, usually an encounter between people. They are painterly evocations of a remembered moment rather than a literal representation. He began painting on board in the 1970s and on a large scale in the late 1980s. Hodgkin won the Turner Prize in 1985 and was knighted in 1992.

Glossary terms

  • An annual British art prize which was founded in 1984 by the Tate Gallery's Patrons of New Art. It is intended to promote public discussion of developments in contemporary British art and generates media attention and, at times, controversy. Winners include Gilbert and George , Richard Long, Rachel Whiteread and Douglas Gordon.