John HoylandVigil 1980

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John Hoyland (1934‑2011)
Date 1980
MediumEtching on paper
Dimensionsimage: 546 x 689 mm
Acquisition Presented by Rose and Chris Prater 1981
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Catalogue entry

P05567 VIGIL 1980

Inscribed ‘John Hoyland 1980’ bottom right and ‘P/P’
Etching, printed by Kelpra Studio and published by Waddington Graphics in an edition of 60, 21 1/2×27 1/8 (54.6×69)
Presented by Rose and Chris Prater 1980

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… (read more)

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