HOWARD HODGKIN - IN THE PINK (solo)
EXHIBITION SYNOPSISAbout Howard Hodgkin - In The Pink
I am a representational painter, not a painter of appearances.
Gagosian is pleased to present “In the Pink,” recent paintings by Howard Hodgkin. This is his first
exhibition in Hong Kong.
One of Britain's most celebrated living painters with a career spanning more than fifty years,
Hodgkin’s intimate oil on wood-panel paintings convey the relationship between hand, eye, and
memory that charges process, visual structure, and emotional temperature.
Hodgkin's compositions are distinctive for the ways in which abstraction and representation,
narrative and pure sensation, past and present are brought into urgent relation. Intimate, thoughtful,
and insightful, his paintings suggest great arcs of time and thought.
With paint strokes of varying depth and vigor, his works convey fleeting private moments and
intense recollections. Now (2015–16) embodies an interchange between light and dark, time and
feeling; while Always Afternoon (2016) transforms a temporal memory into an experience of pure
and exuberant color. The layered greens and yellows of Don’t Tell a Soul (2016) elide the weight of
hours with an emotional jolt; while In the Pink (2008–14) typifies Hodgkin's approach to what James
Lawrence calls his “idiosyncratic assemblage of readings or misreadings.” Completed between 2014
and 2016, each painting creates a pocket of time and silence, demonstrating afresh the
expressiveness, candor, and mastery of a painter in his prime.