Focus on Hodgkin

Sir Howard Hodgkin
Wave 1989
Mosaic mural
Broadgate Virgin Active Health Club, swimming pool

Focus on Howard Hodgkin

Each month we take a closer look at one of our Broadgate artists; this month is the turn of Sir Howard Hodgkin. If your New Year's Resolution is to make the most of your lunch hour, either to get fit or to find more local highlights - we have the perfect combination for you. Swimmers at the Broadgate Virgin Active Health Club can enjoy Wave, a pool length mosaic by Sir Howard Hodgkin, one of Britain's most important modern artists. 

Howard Hodgkin creates highly personal works which are based on everyday occurrences, such as the chance meeting with a friend. Through his use of strong colour he conveys intense emotions, confiding in us the memories of the people he has met and the places he has visited. The works appear spontaneous but are, in fact, the result of a constant process of painting and over painting, sometimes extending a period of several years, even decades, after which the artist often presents the frame as an integral element of the final work.

Hodgkin studied at Camberwell School of Art, London and at Bath Academy of Art in Corsham during the early 1950s. Throughout his career he has taught at various institutions including Charterhouse School, Bath Academy of Art and Chelsea School of Art. He was appointed a Trustee at the London's Tate Gallery during the 1970s, the decade in which he also undertook a period of residency at Brasenose College, Oxford. 

Hodgkin was awarded CBE in 1977 and was created a Trustee at the National Gallery in London the following year. The recipient of the prestigious Turner Prize in 1985, Hodgkin was the recipient of a Knighthood in 1992 and an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford University in 1999. Important museum exhibitions of his work have been staged worldwide, including those recently held at Oxford's Museum of Modern Art and San Diego Museum of Art. 

Hodgkin lives and works in London. More recently, in 2014 he was awarded the inaugural Swarovski Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon prize.

You can see new work by the artist in his current solo exhibition Indian Wave at Gagosian Gallery, Davies Street in W1 to the end of January.

We'd love to hear more about your New Year's resolutions and your thoughts on Howard Hodgkin's work on Twitter and Facebook. And, if you want to boost your 2015 fitness regime, book a tour of the Broadgate Virgin Active Health Club today.