John Hoyland
28. 5. 66 1966

Artwork details

John Hoyland 1934–2011
28. 5. 66
Date 1966
Medium Acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1994 x 3658 x 26 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1966
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1960

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Hoyland was interested in exploring the effects of different arrangements of colours and shapes on visual perception. He saw that a change in colour could alter the effect of a shape on the canvas, or even transform the overall mood of a work. Here he has used verticals to partition the space of the painting. He has allowed the paint to drip down and soak into the canvas, emphasising the flat surface of the work. But at the same time, the strong vertical shapes appear to float in front of the deeper space of the red background.

September 2016

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