John Hoyland: The Last Paintings (2022)

ISBN: 9781909932623
Artist(s): John Hoyland
Author(s): Natalie Adamson (Author), David Anfam (Author), Matthew Collings (Author), Mel Gooding (Author), Preface by Sam Cornish (Author)
Format: hardback
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2022
Publisher: Ridinghouse
Total Pages: 216
Illustrations: Profusely illustrated

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  • First publication to focus on Hoyland’s output in his last decade, all the images are previously unpublished
  • Lavishly illustrated with over 60 colour plates

In the decade before his death in 2011, John Hoyland began to reckon with mortality. Confronting his own demise, he painted elegies to departed artist friends and tributes to illustrious artistic forebears. Imagery of the void looms large, but it is a void faced with defiance and vitality, less a rumination on the end than a celebration of life. This publication explores the paintings Hoyland made in this decade, including his final series, Mysteries.

Essays by Natalie Adamson, David Anfam, Matthew Collings and Mel Gooding offer a rich and multifaceted account of a complex body of work. Hoyland’s veneration of Vincent van Gogh, his connections to J.M.W. Turner, the use of black as a colour, his deployment of risk and attempts to subvert his own taste, and his development of the cosmic visual language of the Abstract Expressionists are all discussed. Richly illustrated, the book extends our understanding of Hoyland’s late work within the story of modern painting as a whole.

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