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Private view: 26 April 2019, 6-8pm - all welcome
The exhibition brings nine award-winning artists to Farnham: all of them are internationally accomplished and recognised for excellence and talent through a prestigious art prize.
The exhibition presents painting by Peter Archer (Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize), Gareth Edwards (David Simon Contemporary Art Prize / the Platform Prize / National Maritime Art Prize), Martin Greenland (John Moores Painting Prize), Charlotte Harris (BP Portrait Award) and Michael Porter (Derek Balmer Painting Prize / European Prize for Painting, Belgium).
Print by John Hoyland (John Moores), Sir Terry Frost (John Moores), Sandra Blow (Guggenheim International Award) and Bruce McLean (John Moores).
It reflects on the Gallery's beginnings 60 years ago: New Ashgate was the first provincial gallery with nationally and internationally known artists such as Anthony Caro, Elizabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso and Graham Sutherland.
This will be an exceptional opportunity to appreciate and collect work by these highly accomplished stars of the art world outside London and close to home.
75 x 58 cms
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John Hoyland (1934-2011) was one of the leading British painters of his generation, often noted as England's answer to Mark Rothko. For John: Paintings are there to be experienced, they are events. They are also to be meditated on and to be enjoyed by the senses; to be felt through the eye. (1979)
As the critic William Feaver once wrote, 'A pukka Hoyland is a work not of hand and eye, but of total Self.' And it was this whole-hearted commitment to painting that characterised his six decades of work. His career was decisively influenced in the late 1950s and 1960s by his experience of American Abstract Expressionism. However, as an artist and a man he was enough of an individual to be able to knowingly absorb and deflect those influences, and set himself on his own path.
Hoyland preferred not to be known as an abstract painter. He felt it too calculating a term or that it implied some kind of premeditation in his process. After an initial dalliance with figurative painting in the 1950s he became a life-long proponent of the possibilities of non-figurative imagery, which possessed for him, he once wrote, 'the potential for the most advanced depth of feeling and meaning'. As Andrew Lambirth writes: 'His paintings are abstracts but they are not about absolutes. They are about contingencies and specifics: very particular emotions, thoughts and feelings dependent upon the act of looking.'
During his life, John Hoyland received the following awards and honours:
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Purchase Award (1963)
International Young Artist Award, Tokyo (1964)
Prize Winner at John Moores Liverpool Exhibition (1965)
Prize Winner at Open Paintings Exhibition, Belfast (1966)
First Prize (with Robyn Denny), Edinburgh Open 100 Exhibition (1969)
First Prize, Chichester National Art Exhibition (1975)
Arts Council of Great Britain Purchase Award (1979)
First Prize at John Moores Liverpool Exhibition (with 'Broken Bride'; 1982)
Joint First Prize, Korn Ferry International Award Exhibition (with William Scott; 1986)
First Prize, Athena Art Award (1987)
Elected Royal Academician (1991)
Wollaston Award, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (1998)
Elected Foreign Painter Academician, Accademia Nationale di San Luca, Rome, Italy (2000)
Honorary Doctorate, Sheffield Hallam University (2003)
Honorary Member, Royal West of England Academy (2008).
All signed and numbered by the artist. Silkscreen print on paper with glazes.