Alan Cristea Gallery is pleased to present Green Thoughts, an exhibition of new work by Howard Hodgkin, one of Britain’s most celebrated artists. The exhibition features nineteen new limited edi-tions including a special hand-painted carborundum relief entitled For Alan (2014). Printed in seven colour variations, the work is a testament to Hodgkin's close working relationship with gallery owner and publisher Alan Cristea which spans over 20 years. Exhibited alongside the new works is a unique hand-painted version of the 20ft etching, As Time Goes By (2009).
Hodgkin’s work often refers to memories and personal experiences. The show’s title Green Thoughts references Andrew Marvell’s 17th-century poem The Garden. Through a deliberate avoidance of the illustrative, Hodgkin draws inspiration for the new prints from Marvell’s own ‘green thoughts’. If sometimes the works remain resistant to interpretation, the artist’s gestural marks, vibrant colours and evocative titles such as Storm Cloud and Sundown, invite contemplation about encounters with nature.
Hodgkin’s works have the appearance of spontaneity, yet they are the result of extensive layering and complex print processes. The artist has continually explored the possibilities of printmaking throughout his career, working across a number of techniques, such as sugarlift aquatint and lithog-raphy, in addition to experimenting with scale. These new prints are made using a combination of carborundum relief and hand-painting.
Green Thoughts will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an introduction written by author and BBC journalist Andrew Marr.
Howard Hodgkin is one of Britain's most important painters and printmakers. He was born in London in 1932, where he currently lives and works. He attended Camberwell School of Art and the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham. In 1985 Hodgkin won the Turner Prize and represented Britain at the Venice Biennale. In 1992 he was knighted for his services to the arts. His work has been the subject of numerous major retrospectives around the world, most notably at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1995 and more recently at Tate Britain, London, 2006. His paintings and prints are held by most major museums including MoMA, NY, Metropolitan Museum, NY and British Museum, London.
The Alan Cristea Gallery is the exclusive publisher of Hodgkin's hand-painted prints.