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John Hoyland Scatter Devils


John Hoyland (1934-2011) was the leading British abstractionist painter of his generation. He gained early critical acclaim, exhibiting with the influential Situation group in 1960-1 and the New Generation artists at Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1964. In 1967 he had his first solo museum show at Whitechapel and two years later represented Great Britain at the São Paulo Biennale, Brazil with Anthony Caro. His work has been the subject of retrospectives at the Serpentine Gallery (1979-80) and the Royal Academy of Arts, London (1999). In October 2015, the opening show at Damien Hirst's new gallery, Newport Street Gallery, Southwark, will be devoted to John Hoyland. The first retrospective since Hoyland s death in 2011 it will show the progression from hard-edge works of the early 1960s to the intensely subjective painting that marked his final decade. Andrew Lambirth writes that John Hoyland paints pictures which inspire the spirit, which liberate and fire the imagination. He describes imaginary worlds...and encourages us by the beauty and effervescence of his colours to respond to them and contemplate their meaning...These effects are not achieved by chance. The artist controls his subject matter with all the skill and cunning acquired over a long career in order to ensure our response is as he wishes it to be...He stretches our imaginations to capacity. This book, Scatter the Devils, concentrates on Hoyland's work since the late 1990s. By means of interview, anecdote and quotation it reveals the imaginative thinking and development of a painter who, refusing to be cast simply in the role of abstract artist a label he deplored is constantly reinventing his art and pushing himself to his technical and poetic limits. There is no place for cynicism, only joy, passion and wonderment . John Hoyland in a talk at Tate in 1994. Over 150 colour illustrations; drawings from the sketchbooks; notes on friends and influences.

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