Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends




This is the first exhibition of portraits by Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017), one of Britain’s leading artists. Hodgkin’s paintings are characterised by rich colour, complex illusionistic space and sensuous brushwork. By emphasising these pictorial elements, his work frequently appears entirely abstract. However, over the course of 65 years, a principal concern of Hodgkin’s art has been to evoke a human presence. The role of memory, the expression of emotion, and the exploration of relationships between people and places are all preoccupations. The exhibition explores Hodgkin’s development of a personal visual language of portraiture, which challenges traditional forms of representation.

Duration 23 March 2017 - 18 June 2017
Times Open daily 10:00-18:00, Thursday-Friday until 21:00
Cost Adult £12 concessions apply members Free
Venue National Portrait Gallery
Address St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Contact / archiveenquiry@npg.org.uk / www.npg.org.uk

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