Pete Hoida

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Pete Hoida artist and poet, was born at Birkenhead in 1944. He is an abstract artist committed to the modernist tradition. He ceased writing circa 1985, after which he dedicated his time wholly to painting. After a hiatus of 25 years he resumed writing and has had poems published 2011–2016.

Mirror 119 x 104 cm October 2015


A 'Little Magazines' and 'Slim Volume' poet of the sixties/seventies, Hoida would be better represented by these later volumes: "Literary Breakfast",[1] "The Correct Demanded Direction",[2] and "Stumble",[3] which were only printed in very small editions of 300 and received scant attention. His more noticed, very early published "Lips",[4] would not represent him at his best. Also published: "Selected Poems of Blaise Cendrars" (Translation).[5] More recently, poems have been published in magazines: 'Obsessed with Pipework';[6] 'The Rialto'.[7] In 2016 'The Decline of Heavy Industry', a pamphlet of new poems was published.[8] Hailed by the editor Philip Rush as "a return to poetry with fresh-eyed modernism".


Hoida studied painting at Hammersmith College of Art and Building (1969–1972) and Goldsmiths College School of Art, London University (1972–1974), painting thereafter from Stroud, Gloucestershire.

"Marrying an abstract distinctly English landscape sensibility that draws on Patrick Heron and Ivon Hitchens with the fierce transatlantic colourism of Hans Hofmann and Nicolas de Staël's velvety tachism, Hoida arrives at an intensely personal synthesis, resonating with landscape feeling."[9] Or as Alan Gouk puts it[10] "his colour is not just thought up in the studio as part of some "non-referential" building kit" or AG again, as above "….persist, nonetheless, in trying to render fulgent the fuliginous, to make clear things that are tacit and cloudy, that have no name until painted….." "...earthy and realistic, or realistic to the spirit of lyrical or lovely or moody feeling ..."[11]). "Hoida's is of a more lyrical, European form of Abstract Expressionism. He is an English artist carrying on the grand traditions of English art from Constable's 'Six-Footers' to a euphoric use of colour that Hoida controls so well, so evocative but so differently spiced than Patrick Heron. His palette is his own and his art is to do with the essence of painting..".[12] " 'This is a painting,' they say: ‘attend to the object itself; observe its mechanisms.’ But who can stop the play of the imagination? Hoida is a poet: there is nothing in his painting or his poetry that would suggest he would want to. He just likes to remind us that an artefact is just that: an object made with craft and cunning, the product of a specific sensibility, a mind and a memory, in time and space.”.[13]

In a video for 'Abstract Critical' made in 2013 Pete Hoida discusses his work with artist Graham Boyd. A short documentary film 'The Black Severn Angel' by Alasdair Ogilvie for Damnable Iron Films in 2015 shows Hoida in the studio and on location at the River Severn, Sharpness Docks, Birkenhead Priory, and New Brighton, Merseyside. In the video 'Structure Through Colour" Mel Gooding analyses and appreciates Pete Hoida's paintings, 2016.


Selected solo exhibitions include: Axiom, Cheltenham, 1986; Guildhall Arts Centre, Gloucester, 1987 & 1992; The Living Room, London, 1994; Museum & Art Gallery, Cheltenham, 1995; 7 Goodge Place, London, 1997; deli Art, London, 2000; Ashcroft Modern Art, Cirencester, 2006; Subscription Rooms, Stroud, 2007; SE1 Gallery, London, 2008; The Museum in the Park, Stroud, & St Mary of the Angels, 2013; HSoA Gallery, London, 2015

Selected group exhibitions include: Camden Arts Centre, London; Spacex, Exeter; Pelter/Sands, Bristol; The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool; The Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport; Boundary Gallery, London; Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery; Gwl Gelf, Harlech Art Biennale; The Schoolhouse Gallery, Bath; Sun & Doves, London; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; Dean Clough, Halifax; The Social Bases of Abstract Art, UpDown Gallery, Ramsgate


  1. ^ privately printed 1985
  2. ^ Pig Press, Newcastle, ISBN 0903997452, 1979
  3. ^ Poet and Peasant Press, London, ISBN 0-9503761-1-6, 1975
  4. ^ Alison & Busby, London, ISBN 0-85031-067-9, 1972
  5. ^ Penguin, London, ISBN 0-14-042231-5, 1980
  6. ^ Issue 54, ISSN 1367-9147, Spring 2011
  7. ^ Number 75, Summer 2012 and The Rialto', Number 78, Summer 2013, ISSN 0268-5981
  8. ^ "The Decline of Heavy Industry, Yew Tree Press, ISBN 978-0-9562038-8-5, 2016
  9. ^ Thumbnails, Nicholas Usherwood, Galleries Magazine, May 2008
  10. ^ The Living Room Newsletter, January 1994
  11. ^ Matthew Collings, Modern Painters, Spring 2000
  12. ^ Estelle Lovatt, catalogue essay for 'Pete Hoda, Doctor Viper" exhibition at HSoA, 2015, ISBN 978-0-9931047-1-8
  13. ^ Mel Gooding, essay for exhibition 'The Black Morar Series, 2013, ISBN 978-0-9562038-9-2

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