An Ode To India By UK’s Legendary Contemporary Artist

Howard Hodgkin: Painting India

The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Till October 8

Some experiences make an impression so permanent that it affects you as well as your art. Such was the case of  Sir Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin, one of the most famous names in the field of contemporary art. Sir Hodgkin’s travel to India in 1964, influenced his perspective on art in such a big way, that it became a tradition for him to take a trip to the country, almost annually.

Bringing forth his journey to the subcontinent is the exhibition titled Howard Hodgkin: Painting India.

More than 35 works are on display, painted over the last 50 years, which characterise the colour and warmth of India and captures the artist’s sensory impressions of the country – from fierce blazing sunsets to heavy oppressive rains, landscapes and cities he has visited, and portraits of the people he befriended. They range from Hodgkin’s earliest India-inspired paintings of the 1960s through to new works completed early this year. It will include a number of paintings that have never before been exhibited in the UK.

Rarely seen photographs and documents from Hodgkin’s personal archive are also presented, including material relating to his 1992 British Council commission in New Delhi with architect Charles Correa, as well as journals kept by the artist documenting his journeys in India, which are on public display for the first time.

The Howard Hodgkin: Painting India exhibition takes place as part of the UK-India Year of Culture.