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Howard Hodgkin: Painting India - 1 July-8 October 2017

From 1 July until 8 October 2017, the Hepworth Wakefield will present Howard Hodgkin: Painting India, a comprehensive exhibition exploring the influence of India on Hodgkin’s work, a country he travelled to almost annually since 1964.

Antiques News & Fairs - Howard Hodgkin: Painting India

Howard Hodgkin, Mrs Acton in Delhi, 1967–71, Oil on canvas, 122 x 148cm 

Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017) is regarded as one of the world’s greatest painters in the field of contemporary art, and approximately 35 works from the last 50 years will make up the exhibition, starting from the artist's earliest India-inspired paintings of the 1960s through to new works completed in India earlier this year.

Antiques News & Fairs - Howard Hodgkin: Painting India

Howard Hodgkin, Bombay Sunset, 1972–73, Oil on wood, 44.5 x 98cm

Howard Hodgkin said: “I fell in love with Indian art when I was at school, thanks to the enterprising art master, Wilfrid Blunt. I longed to visit India, but only managed to do so in my early thirties. It proved a revelation. It changed my way of thinking and, probably, the way I paint. I am excited by the idea of this exhibition and delighted it will take place in David Chipperfield's remarkable building, The Hepworth Wakefield, where I greatly enjoyed the show of paintings by Stanley Spencer.”

Antiques News & Fairs - Howard Hodgkin: Painting India

Howard Hodgkin, In the garden of the Bombay Museum, 1978–1982, Oil on wood, 122 x 143cm

However, Hodgkin was not to realise the exciting opportunity personally.  Sadly, in March, while still working on the forthcoming exhibition, he passed away at the age of 84.

Antiques News & Fairs - Howard Hodgkin: Painting India

Howard Hodgkin, Summer Rain, 2002–2013, Oil on wood, 108 x 133.4cm

Simon Wallis OBE, Director of the Hepworth Wakefield said: "It has been a huge privilege for us to have worked so closely with Howard in preparation for this extensive exhibition.  His death is a great loss to us all.  We are proud to be realising an exhibition about the influence of India on his work, a place that he was so passionate about, and from which he drew such inspiration throughout his life.  It'll be a perfect summer exhibition in our beautiful gallery spaces with all the colour and warmth of a country that Howard developed such a close relationship to."

Antiques News & Fairs - Howard Hodgkin: Painting India

Howard Hodgkin, Letters from Bombay, 2012–14, Oil on wood, 40 x 54.9cm

Rarely seen photographs and documents will feature in the exhibition, including material relating to his 1992 British Council commission to New Delhi with architect Charles Correa.  In addition to these, journals kept by the artist, documenting his travels in India will be displayed publicly for the first time, along with a number of works from his personal collection of Indian art, representing the elements that originally drew him to India, creating an enduring love affair with the country and its people.

Antiques News & Fairs - Howard Hodgkin: Painting India

Howard Hodgkin, Arriving, 2013–14, Oil on wood, 118.7 x 192.8cm

Howard Hodgkin: Painting India will take place from 1 July until 8 October 2017, at The Hepworth Wakefield.  It also forms part of the UK-India Year of Culture, a major bilateral year of cultural exchange, celebrating the countries' long history.

Antiques News & Fairs - Howard Hodgkin: Painting India

Howard Hodgkin Over to You, 2015–17 Oil on wood, 24.8 x 31.4cm

For more information, visit The Hepworth Wakefield.

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