Hodgkin was born August 6, 1932, in London.
He is a British painter, printmaker, and art
collector. His parents paid for him to go to
Camberwell Art School (1949-1950), and then
to Bath Academy of Art Corsham (1950-1954),
where he later taught. In 1955 he married Julia
Lane and they had two sons. One became a television
director. In 1962 Howard Hodgkin had his first
one-man show in London. Howard Hodgkin strives
to depict 'emotional situations,' to pin down
'the evasiveness of reality,' as he explains.
Sometimes obscure yet nearly always engaging,
his lush, radiant, daring semiabstract paintings
evoke the haphazardness of experience, the way
each of us subjectively constructs reality.
Hodgkin is often classified as an intimist with
Matisse and Bonnard. Using juxtapositions of
patterns and symbols, of realism and nonrealism,
he speaks of loneliness, fear, beauty, death,
absence and joy in a self-sufficient pictorial
language. His paintings are like rare, enigmatic
gifts whose meanings sensuously unfold.