Howard Hodgkin
Here We are in Croydon 1979

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Howard Hodgkin born 1932
Here We are in Croydon
Date 1979
Medium Watercolour, gouache and lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 559 x 765 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Not on display

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Here We Are in Croydon
This print was made after a trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma in the United States. The title derives from a sarcastic remark by one of Hodgkin’s English friends about an interior in Tulsa.

As with most of his prints from the late 1970s it reveals a looser and seemingly spontaneous type of mark making, which belies the laborious and time consuming process of printmaking. The gestural sweeps that outline the interior are reminiscent of American Abstract Expressionism. Hodgkin, however, does not consider these marks to reveal things about himself but as pictorial devices to convey an image.

August 2004

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