Howard Hodgkin - Abstract Great

Thursday 9th March 2017 saw the passing of one of the greatest British exponents of Abstractism, Sir Howard Hodgkin. Widely celebrated, Hodgkin's work is some of the most instantly recognisable in the world of Abstract art with his famous brush stroke pieces being self-described as an 'overflow of emotions'.

Commissioned, along with Bridget Riley, Tracey Emin and Chris Ofili amongst others to create a print for the 2012 London Olympics, Hodgkin created 'Swimming' - a beautiful, swelling, passionate representation of water. Having already been commissioned by Andy Warhol to produce a poster for the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics, Hodgkin again returned to the Olympic's because he humbly "thought it would be nice for a lot of people to see my work".

Although not a conscious influence on our Spring/Summer 17 'Eternal Blue' collection, it's easy to see how the incredible, and iconic work of Hodgkin could have subconsciously informed our hand-painted cotton hero pieces from this season...

Howard Hodgkin
6/8/32 - 9/3/17

ArtCatherine Earnshaw