Howard Hodgkin

Here We are in Croydon


Not on display

Howard Hodgkin 1932–2017
Watercolour, gouache and lithograph on paper
Image: 559 × 765 mm
Purchased 1984

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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.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

Howard Hodgkin born 1932

P77048 Here we are in Croydon 1979

Lithograph with hand colouring 559 x 765 (22 3/8 x 30) on Moulin d'Auverge hand made paper, same size; printed and hand coloured by John Hutcheson at Petersburg Press Studio, New York and published by Petersburg Press, New York in an edition of 100
Inscribed ‘Hodgkin 79' and ‘50/100' bottom centre
Purchased from Petersburg Press (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
Exh: Howard Hodgkin: Prints 1977-1983, Tate Gallery, Sept.-Dec. 1985 (19, repr. in col.)
Lit: Pat Gilmour, ‘Howard Hodgkin', Print Collector's Newsletter, vol. 12, March-April 1981, p.3

P77048 is a lithograph from one plate with hand colouring in watercolour (a brown wash background) and gouache (a red triangle beneath the watercolour wash and a red border). The image depicts a room in Tulsa Oklahoma which Hodgkin had visited and which had been decorated, most ostentatiously, by Jean Harlow's designer husband. According to the artist the title recalls a friend's witticism on visiting the apartment for the first time. Hodgkin was not present on this occasion and the anecdote was related to him by the speaker.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, pp.387-8

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