John Hoyland
Dido 1979

Artwork details

John Hoyland 1934–2011
Date 1979
Medium Etching on paper
Dimensions Image: 676 x 533 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1981
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Catalogue entry

P07514 DIDO 1979

Inscribed ‘John Hoyland 79’ bottom right and ‘1/50’
Etching, printed at J.C. Editions and co-published by Waddington Graphics and Bernard Jacobson in an edition of 50, 26 5/8× 21 (67.6×53.3)
Purchased from Waddington Graphics (Grant-in-Aid) 1981

These prints [P07513, P07514, P05549, P05550, P05551, P05567] manifest Hoyland's desire to use the etching process as a colouristic rather than linear medium. Working directly into a soft or hard ground with a brush loaded with white spirit, he has produced contrasting scumbled and opaque areas in a manner closely resembling his gouache drawings of the same period. The fresh colour and the lively surface of a work such as ‘Anking’ [P07513] result from the manipulation of aquatint and the bleeding of inks. Hoyland has encouraged the formation of drip marks and other accidental markings conferring upon the printmaking medium characteristics normally associated with his painting. Because these only become apparent in proofing, the final decisions concerning the conception as well as the executing of the image are often made at a later stage.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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