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Blood by Howard Hodgkin

Blood by Howard Hodgkin

Petersburg Press

Color Etching and Aquatint


Edition Size: 50

Sheet Size: 31 x 40 inches

Reference: Elizabeth Knowles, Howard Hodgkin: Prints 1977 to 1983, Tate Gallery, London 1985, no. 41, illustrated p. 36. Elisabeth Heenk, Howard Hodgkin: a catalogue raisonné, Thames & Hudson, London 2003, no. 33, illustrated p. 57


Condition: Excellent

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Lithograph from three aluminium plates printed in three shades of black, with hand colouring in watercolour (black wash border, pink wash ground) and gouache (a red wash ground, yellow and crimson). Edition 50; this impression AP 13/16. Signed by the artist with initials and numbered AP 13/16 lower center in white pencil. Printed from two of the same plates as Sand, 1983.

The rectangular core of this elemental composition explodes with color: deep red and pink in gouache and watercolor are framed with black and grey brushstrokes. The expressive mark-making in this print is an example of the artist’s movement in the late 70s towards pronounced gestures. Hodgkin used his hand as a mark-making tool, combining these textures with loose and urgent brushwork. A spatter of orange enhances this sense of movement.

Blood evinces the increase in emotional content and intensity in Hodgkin’s work after the late 1970s. His marks are more fluid and lush due to an increased looseness of handling. These later works show a richness and a surface texture previously lacking – mainly due to the application of gouache or watercolor by hand but also to the more tonal techniques of aquatint and soft-ground etching with chalk-like lines.


The Artist

Howard Hodgkin

British printmaker and painter Howard Hodgkin is most associated with the abstract style. Exhibiting his first works in 1962, he created continuously up to his death at age 84 in 2017. London-born Hodgkin studied at first Camberwell Art School and then the Bath Academy of Art. His first works used only a few colours and curved forms, though this evolved over time. Later pieces used brighter and bolder colours and forms and had a more immediate, spontaneous quality. His most famous work is a series of paintings of Venice, known as the ‘Venetian Views’. It shows the ancient watery city at various times of the day. ‘Venice Afternoon’ is seen as the exceptional work in the quartet. Its creation was achieved through a complex printing process which used many layers and an incredibly complex printing process to build up its colourful effect. It is now on display at the Yale Centre of British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, in the USA. Howard Hodgkin created an abstract screen print on paper called ‘Swimming’ for the London 2012 Olympics. He won premier art award the Turner Prize in 1985, was knighted in 1992 and awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Oxford in 2000.

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