John Hoyland (1934 - 2011)

Acrylic on canvas


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  • About the work
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    "Lionlady" is characteristic of John Hoyland's abstract style and preoccupation with bold colours. Hoyland was born in Sheffield and studied there and later at the Royal Academy Schools in London. Like many of his contemporaries, Hoyland was deeply impressed by "New American Painting", an exhibition of American Abstract Expressionist works held at the Tate in 1959. During the 1960s and '70s he established close links with the United States, where he was influenced by the work of Hans Hofmann. From the early 1970s he experimented with direct methods of pouring and splattering paint, as seen in "Lionlady". He was appointed Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy Schools in 1999.

  • About the artist
    John Hoyland was born in Sheffield, where he studied from 1956-60, continuing at the Royal Academy Schools in 1960. In 1964 he had his first solo show. He has taught in various art schools, becoming principal lecturer at Chelsea School of Art in 1965. During his frequent visits to New York, Hoyland came under the influence of Hans Hofmann, developing an abstract language dependent on the bold use of colour. In 1967 he had an exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, and in 1979 a retrospective at the Serpentine Gallery. In 1979 he was artist in residence at Melbourne University and in 1980 he selected the Hayward Annual Show. He has exhibited consistently in London as well as in Europe, America and Australia. He was elected RA in 1989.
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    abstract, lion, woman
    Materials & Techniques
    acrylic (paint), canvas, acrylic painting
  • Details
    Acrylic on canvas
    height: 254.50 cm, width: 152.50 cm
    Purchased from Christie's, July 1998
    VERSO, TC: John Hoyland / LIONLADY / 18.5.89 / 100 x 60
    Waddington Galleries, London; Christie's 12/6/1998 (Lot 129) (purchased after sale).
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