Harold Hodgkin is considered to be one the most important British painters and printmakers. Born in Hammersmith, London he was evacuated during World War II to New Jersey, US along with his mother and on his return, educated at Eton College. It was from a young age that he decided upon a career in art , subsequently studying at both Camberwell School of Art (1949-50) and Bath Academy of Art (1950-54).
Hodgkin became a prominent figure in British art in the 1970’s and was well recognised for his large sweeping movement, often making his work look spontaneous though it was quite the contrary, often the result of an extensive, well thought through process and laborious efforts. Hodgkin would draw upon intimate and personal memories and instances and use these to create abstract images without the illustrational.
Hodgkin had successful joint and solo exhibitions including the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford 1976, Tate Britain 2006, and Yale Center for British Art 2010. He won the Turner Prize in 1985 and in the same year, represented Britain in the Venice Biennale. He served as a trustee of the Tate, London and National Gallery and was knighted in 1992.
Harold Hodgkin sadly died in 2017 at the age of 84.