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|Sir Howard Hodgkin|
'Dinner at Smith Square', 1975-1979. Oil painting on board and wood support.
|Birth name||Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin|
6 August 1932 |
London, United Kingdom
|Training||Camberwell Art School, Bath Academy of Art|
|Awards||Turner Prize (1985)|
Hodgkin, a cousin of the English still life painter Eliot Hodgkin (1905–87), was educated at Eton College and then at Bryanston School in Dorset. He then studied at the Camberwell Art School and later at the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham, where Edward Piper studied drawing under him.
Around the beginning of the 1970s, Hodgkin's style became more spontaneous, with vaguely recognisable shapes presented in bright colours and bold forms. His works may then be called "semi-abstract", and are often compared to the paintings of Henri Matisse.[who?]
In 1980, Hodgkin was invited by John Hoyland to exhibit work as part of the Hayward Annual at the Hayward Gallery along with Gillian Ayres, Basil Beattie, Terry Setch, Anthony Caro, Patrick Caulfield, Ben Nicholson and others. 
In 1995, Hodgkin printed the Venetian Views series, which depict the same view of Venice at four different times of day. Venice, Afternoon - one of the four prints - uses sixteen sheets, or fragments, in a hugely complex printing process which creates a colourful, painterly effect. This piece was given to the Yale Centre of British Art in June 2006 by the Israel family to complement their already-impressive collection of Hodgkins.
In 2003 he was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as a Companion of Honour. A major exhibition of his work was mounted at Tate Britain, London, in 2006. Also in 2006, The Independent declared him one of the 100 most influential gay people in Britain, as his work helps many people express their emotions to others.
In September, 2010 Hodgkin and five other British artists including John Hoyland, John Walker, Ian Stephenson, Patrick Caulfield and R.B. Kitaj were included in an exhibition entitled The Independent Eye: Contemporary British Art From the Collection of Samuel and Gabrielle Lurie, at the Yale Center for British Art.
His prints are hand-painted etchings and he has worked with the same master printer (Jack Shirreff at 107 Workshop) and print publisher (Alan Cristea Gallery) for the last 25 years.
- "Chronology". Howard Hodgkin. 2010.
- Eliot Hodgkin Painter & Collector. Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox. ISBN 0-9512493-6-3.
- Hoyland, John, 1934-; Arts Council of Great Britain; Hayward Gallery (1980), Hayward annual 1980 : contemporary painting and sculpture, Arts Council of Great Britain, ISBN 978-0-7287-0247-9
- Woolmer, Sussanah. "Acquisition of the Month: Howard Hodgkin's 'Venice, Afternoon",Apollo Magazine, 2007-01-01. Retrieved on 2009-06-10.
- The Independent, (2 July 2006), Gay Power: The pink list. Retrieved June 25, 2007.
- Channeling American Abstraction, Karen Wilkin, Wall Street Journal Retrieved October 7, 2010
- NY Times, exhibition review Retrieved December 15, 2010
- Michael Auping; John Elderfield, Susan Sontag, Marla Price (1995). Howard Hodgkin Paintings. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0500279705.
- Andrew Graham-Dixon (2001). Howard Hodgkin. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 0500092982.
- Liesbeth Heenk (2006). Howard Hodgkin: The Complete Prints. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 9780500284391.
- Marla Price (2006). Howard Hodgkin: The Complete Paintings. Thames & Hudson. ISBN 9780500093290.
- Enrique Juncosa (2006). Writers on Howard Hodgkin. Tate Publishing. ISBN 9781854376749.
- Alan Hollinghurst (2008). Howard Hodgkin. Gagosian Gallery. ISBN 1932598715.
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- Official site
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- An audio interview (.ram format) with Hodgkin by Edward Lucie Smith
- Exhibition at Tate Britain, London, 14 June – 10 September 2006