Ever wondered about where the brightness comes from in much of Howard Hodgkin's work. Perhaps not, but as you've read this far I may as well tell you. He is a distant relative of the Bloomsbury and Charleston artist Roger Fry, and grew up with Omega Workshop products, a company Fry founded.
Well, that's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
He was educated at Bryanston School in Dorset and then at the Camberwell Art School and later at the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham.
In 1962 he had his first solo exhibition in London.
He was knighted in 1992. In 2003 he was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as a Companion of Honour.
In 1982 he won the Turner Prize.
Hodgkin is big news in 2006 with a major retrospective of his work (with 60 paintings from the 1950s to the present day) at Tate Britain.
Not only is he known for his paintings, but his prints are almost of equal interest.
What I like about his work is though at first glance it looks abstract, the more you look at it the more chance that something concrete or something real is there.
He prefers to work in flat colours.
He has visited India frequently and in 2006 to co-incide with the Tate Britain retrospective, the BBC programme Imagine trailed him on one of these visits.
His work is usually no more that 3 - 4 feet square.
The author Julian Barnes owns one of his works.
He is an awful interviewee and gives little away about his work.
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