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John Hoyland: The Last Paintings

L-R: John Hoyland, Old Love, 2009, Acrylic on canvas, Restless Heart, 2008, Acrylic on canvas & Elegy (For Terry Frost), 2003, Acrylic on canvas. All © The John Hoyland Estate
Saturday 3 July 2021 - Sunday 10 October 2021

Born in Sheffield, John Hoyland (1934-2011) is regarded as one of Britain’s leading abstract painters. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of his passing, this exhibition in partnership with The John Hoyland Estate showcases some of the very last works he created.

John Hoyland is renowned for his bold use of colour and inventive forms. In a career spanning over 50 years, his tireless innovation pushed the boundaries of abstract painting and cemented his reputation as one of the most inventive British artists of the 20th century. Made during the last eight years of his life, these nine large-scale canvases, some of which have never been publicly displayed before, see Hoyland’s determination to challenge and innovate undiminished.

This final series of paintings celebrate life in the face of death. Paying homage to his artistic heroes such as Vincent Van Gogh, as well as commemorating friends and contemporaries like Patrick Caulfield and Terry Frost, these vital works powerfully embody Hoyland’s commitment to life and love.


In these short films, Sam Cornish, a curator from The John Hoyland Estate and co-curator of John Hoyland: The Last Paintings interviews British art critic, writer, broadcaster and artist, Matthew Collings and Natalie Adamson from the University of St Andrews who both contributed to the book that accompanies the exhibition.