Howard Hodgkin heads to Bideford for prints procession at Burton Art Gallery and Museum

By Laura Burgess | 15 March 2011
David’s Pool, 1979 – 85
David’s Pool (1979-85)© Howard Hodgkin
Exhibition: Howard Hodgkin Prints, Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, March 27 – June 6 2011

Turner Prize Winner Howard Hodgkin has had a long career as an abstract artist, and now an exhibition at the Burton Art Gallery and Museum will unveil a huge collection of his prints.

Hodgkin has produced 130 editions of both large and small images using a variety of media and techniques, with 43 prints on display at the gallery. On tour from the Barbican, the pictures reveal remarkable effects of colour and surface, deployed to convey Hodgkin’s memories. He once described his work as "representational pictures of emotional situations."

Even though painting dominates the artists’ creativity, he invested plenty of time into exploring the possibilities of printmaking. "My subject matter is simple and straightforward,” he reflects.

“It ranges from views through windows, landscapes and occasional still lifes to memories of holidays, encounters with interiors and art collections, other people, other bodies, love affairs, sexual encounters and emotional situations of all kinds, even including eating.”

For more than 40 years Hodgkin has tried to make prints with the same poetry and energy found in his paintings. Hiis pieces have been compared to passionate love songs in a foreign language – evocative, moving, with a heart of enigmatic mystery.

His works are in the collection of the Tate, the Arts Council, the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

“To our knowledge it is the first time Howard Hodgkin’s work has been shown in the South-West and we are extremely pleased to be working with the Barbican,” says Miranda Clarke, the Visual Arts Manager at Burton.

“We hope our audiences and visitors to the area will relish the opportunity to engage with the prints and accompanying events and activities.”

A series of accompanying events for children and adults are inspired by the display. A Contemporary Mosaics workshop will be led by textile artist Kathy Badcock, and Patrick Jones will host a workshop to practise collage and painting. Paper, Paint, Fabric, Stitch with Chrissy Wallis will also work with eager students who want to get creative.

  • Open 10am-4pm (11am-4pm Sunday). Admission free.
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