Howard Hodgkin (British, b.1932) is best known for his vibrantly colored paintings that chronicle his personal experiences, while incorporating the frame into the actual work. Born in London, Hodgkin attended the Camberwell School of Art and the Bath Academy of Art, later teaching at the Bath Academy and at the Chelsea School of Art. His early works from the 1950s and 1960s include stylized figural scenes and landscapes, depicting specific emotional experiences and significant personal interactions using his unique visual vocabulary.
In later works, he further obscured his paintings into fully abstracted compositions, covering both the canvas and the surrounding frame in rich applications of paint, questioning the boundaries of the art object. Hailed as a master colorist, Hodgkin’s recent work has become increasingly expressive, with broad, active brushstrokes. Hodgkin’s interest in texture has also led him to create many etchings and prints, often handcolored. He has exhibited his work at the Venice Biennale, the Tate Britain in London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford. In 1985, Hodgkin was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize, and was knighted in 1992. He currently lives and works in London.