Interviews & Resources
Howard Hodgkin Talks About His Work
Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, 11 February 2011
Working with the Printer
One Day It Will Be Enough
On Designing for the Stage
John Tusa Interviews Howard Hodgkin
Howard Hodgkin has described his paintings in apparently very simple terms. "My subject matter", he has written, "is simple and straightforward. It ranges from views through windows, landscapes, occasional still life's, 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". Well, the simplicity of that statement is only an apparent one. Using strong colours in bold sweeps, dots, curves, hooks, his pictures have very direct titles, things like Girl By a Window, Mrs Acton in Delhi, Coming Up From the Beach, and many more like that. Memory, the recapture of memory, is his subject, and he paints it with energy and passion and single-mindedness.
Howard Hodgkin was born in 1932, represented Britain at the 1984 Venice Biennale, was knighted in 1992 and has had major retrospective exhibitions in London , New York and around the world. Howard Hodgkin , in his own definition, paints representational pictures of emotional situations.
Where Silence Becomes Objects
A Conversation with Howard Hodgkin
Frances Spalding and Bloomsbury
At the Venice Bienniale, 1984
Interviewed by David Sylvester
The interview was first printed in the catalogue for the British Council show, Forty Paintings 1973-1984, which began at the Venice Biennale and toured to the Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, the Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.
Watching Howard Hodgkin Paint
A report written by Bernard Richards, Fellow in English at Brasenose College, Oxford, from 1972 to 1996, of watching Howard Hodgkin at work in his studio in Shoe Lane, Oxford on 16th November 1976