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Biography

Abstract Expressionist painter and printer, Howard Hodgkin celebrated British contemporary artist, known for his bold handling of colour. His large-scale paintings and panels, with their bold use of colour and brushstrokes, present a deep emotional significance and subtle figuration that goes beyond the ethereal non-specificity of the North American Abstract Expressionists.

Goodbye To The Bay Of Naples by Howard Hodgkin

Image © Christie's / Goodbye To The Bay Of Naples © Howard Hodgkin 1982

1. £1.7M for Howard Hodgkin's Goodbye To The Bay Of Naples

Goodbye to the Bay of Naples by Howard Hodgkin sold as a part of Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on October 7th, 2017. The piece was first exhibited as a part of Howard Hodgkin’s presentation for Britain’s pavilion at the XLI Venice Biennale in 1984.

Conceived in 1980-1982, it’s a perfect example of Hodgkin’s mature style and ability to capture complex memories and emotions through rich, gestural brushstrokes. Using a warm palette of yellows, reds greens and blues, the painting evokes the essence of the sun’s last rays shimmering on the Mediterranean sea through a style that oscillates between abstraction and figuration. In his characteristic, innovative style, the artist expands his painterly vision beyond the limitations of the canvas and incorporates its frame into the fiery landscape. Goodbye to the Bay of Naples had been previously acquired by its owner from the Barron Family Collection.

The Green Chateau by Howard Hodgkin

Image © Christie's / The Green Chateau © Howard Hodgkin 1980

2. £1.3M for Howard Hodgkin's The Green Château

The Green Château by Howard Hodgkin sold as a part of Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on October 7th, 2017. With its opulent palette of strong primary colours, it’s a prime illustration of Hodgkin’s breakthrough period, executed between 1976-1980.

Challenging the boundaries between painting and frame, the artist covers the latter with a sumptuous, bright red stroke, expanding the limits of the emotive image with a geometric narrative unfolding at its centre. The painting was first exhibited as a part of A New Spirit in Painting at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1981 before being included in Hodgkin’s 1984 exhibition at the XLI Venice Biennale, representing Britain. The Green Château had been previously acquired by its owner from the Barron Family Collection.

In The Green Room by Howard Hodgkin

Image © Christie's / In The Green Room © Howard Hodgkin 1986

3. £1.2M for Howard Hodgkin's In The Green Room

Howard Hodgkin’s In The Green Room sold at the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction with Christie’s on February 11th, 2015. The painting was created between 1984-1986, at the height of Hodgkin’s career, after he represented Britain at the XLI Venice Biennale (1984) and won the Turner Prize (1985).

It’s one of the largest works ever created by the artist, rendering an abstracted domestic interior in a striking palette of forest green and royal blue, overlaid with a lively orange dotted pattern. The luscious array of dynamic brushstrokes and architectural forms meet in a loosely geometric composition on the canvas. The work is permeated by Hodgkin’s personal and professional joy experienced in this period, when he had just recently met his partner, Antony Peattie. In the Green Room had been acquired by the seller from the Acquavella Galleries in New York.

Out of the Window by Howard Hodgkin

Image © Bonham's / Out of the Window © Howard Hodgkin 2000