John HoylandNorth Sound 1979

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Artist
John Hoyland (1934‑2011)
Title
North Sound
Date 1979
MediumAcrylic paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 2286 x 2438 x 26 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1979
Reference
T02403
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Shortly before painting 'North Sound' Hoyland stated: 'Paintings are not to be understood, they are to be recognised. They are an equivalent to nature, not an illustration of it'. Since executing his first abstract works in 1958, Hoyland's paintings have proclaimed their self-sufficiency as visual facts or events. In the 1960s Hoyland was mainly involved with formal issues of scale, colour and the relation of shapes. In the 1970s he began to invest these elements with a greater emotive significance. Consequently, as 'North Sound' demonstrates, his handling of the forms in his paintings became looser and more expressive… (read more)

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