Howard Hodgkin: ‘Once I stop painting, they should start measuring my coffin’

Well known British artist and abstract “colorist” Howard Hodgkin, considered one of the most important artists of his generation, passed away in London on March 9th, 2017.  Like many art trailblazers, Hodgkin was a relative late bloomer to fame and his unique, abstract paintings often puzzled audiences who hadn’t seen anything like his work before.  He often painted on wood with color spilling over the surface to the reclaimed frames he used which became part of the painting itself.   “I never expected anyone to be interested in my pictures, and there were years when I couldn’t even get my friends to look at them,” Mr. Hodgkin told The New York Times in 1990.

Hodgkin in his studio. Photo: David Levene/The Guardian

Howard Hodgkin has been an inspiration for my work as an artist and I plan on revisiting his paintings and techniques in future art videos.  Here are a few links to interesting articles about Hodgkin and his work:

ArtNews –  Howard Hodgkin, Quicksilver Colorist Who Channeled ‘Emotional States,’ Dies at 84

New York Times – Howard Hodgkin, Whose Paintings Were Coded With Emotion, Dies at 84