John Hoyland

28. 5. 66


Not on display

John Hoyland 1934–2011
Acrylic paint on canvas
Support: 1994 × 3658 × 26 mm
Purchased 1966

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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.

Gallery label, September 2016

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Catalogue entry

John Hoyland 1931-2011

T00886 28.5.66 1966

Inscr.on stretcher ‘28.5.66’.
Copolymer on cotton duck, 78 x 144 (198.1 x 365.8).
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1966.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1966–1967, London 1967.

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