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John Hoyland Artist Biography  British, 1934-2011

A painter and printmaker of prodigious creative energy and imagination, John Hoyland was widely recognised as one of the greatest abstract artists of his time. From the beginning of his career John Hoyland unwaveringly championed the centrality of abstraction to the living history of modernist art.

John Hoyland first studied at the Sheffield College of Art in 1946, and continued at the Royal Academy Schools, London from 1956 to 1960.

From 1967 John Hoyland spent increasing amounts of time in America, associating with such artists as Rothko, Newman and Motherwell, but in the Seventies he returned to settle in England. He has traveled widely in Europe and North and South America, and was Artist-in-Residence at the Studio School in New York and at Melbourne University, Australia in 1979.

Influenced by Hans Hofmann, his work is abstract, with vibrant blocks of colour poured, splattered, brushed and applied with a palette-knife.

John Hoyland held his first one-man show in 1964 at the Marlborough Gallery, London, with subsequent exhibitions in London at the Waddington Galleries, Serpentine Gallery, Flowers East and a major exhibition at the Whitechapel in 1967.

John Hoyland developed strong attachment to America, from the late 1960s making visits to New York and setting studio there and in 1972 becoming Charles A Dana Professor of Fine Arts, Colgate University, Hamilton.

John Hoyland became influential teacher at Hornsey College of Art, Croydon School of Art, Chelsea School of Art, St Martin’s, the Royal Academy Schools and the Slade.

John Hoyland won a number of prizes, including Calouste Gulbenkian Purchase Award in 1963; first prize at John Moores Exhibition in 1982; joint first prize in Korn Ferry International Award Exhibition in 1986; an in the following year first prize in the Athena Art Awards Exhibition.

John Hoyland was elected RA in 1991. 

 

 

2006John Hoyland, Nevill Keating Pictures, London2006John Hoyland, Lemon Street Gallery, London

Selected solo exhibitions:
1964 John Hoyland, Marlborough New London Gallery, London
1965 John Hoyland, Chelsea School of Art, London
1967 John Hoyland, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1967 John Hoyland, Galerie Heiner Friedrich, Munich
1967 John Hoyland, Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, USA
1967 John Hoyland, Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
1967 John Hoyland, Waddington Galleries, London
1967 John Hoyland, Waddington Fine Art, Montreal, Canada
1968 John Hoyland, Robert Elkon Gallery, New York, USA
1968 John Hoyland, Waddington Fine Art, Montreal, Canada
1969 John Hoyland, André Emerich Gallery, New York, USA
1969 John Hoyland, Waddington Galleries, London
1969 John Hoyland, Leslie Waddington Prints, London
1970 John Hoyland, Waddington Galleries, London
1970 John Hoyland, André Emerich Gallery, New York, USA
1970 John Hoyland, Galleria dell’Ariete, Milan, Italy
1971 John Hoyland, Waddington Galleries, London
1971 John Hoyland, André Emerich Gallery, New York, USA
1971 John Hoyland, Waddington Fine Art, Montreal, Canada
1973 John Hoyland, Waddington Galleries, London
1973 John Hoyland, Galleria l’Approdo, Turin, Italy
1974 John Hoyland, Studio La Cittá, Verona, Italy
1974 John Hoyland, Waddington Galleries, London
1974 John Hoyland, Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
1975 John Hoyland, Kingspitcher Contemporary Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA
1975 John Hoyland, Galleria E, Bolzano, Italy
1975 John Hoyland, Rubiner Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, USA
1975 John Hoyland, Waddington Galleries, London
1975 John Hoyland, Waddington Fine Art, Montreal
1976 John Hoyland, Paintings 1966-68, Waddington Galleries, London
1976 John Hoyland, Galleria La Bertesca, Milan, Genoa and Turin, Italy
1976 John Hoyland, Studio La Cittá, Verona, Italy
1976-77 John Hoyland, Galeria Modulo, Lisbon, Portugal
1978 John Hoyland, Waddington Galleries, Montreal, Canada
1978 John Hoyland, Waddington and Tooth Galleries, New York, USA
1979 John Hoyland, André Emerich Gallery, New York, USA
1979 John Hoyland, Waddington Fine Art, Toronto, Canada
1979 John Hoyland, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, New York, USA
1979 John Hoyland, Art Contact, Coconut Grove, Florida, USA
1979-80 John Hoyland, Serpentine Gallery, London, touring to Birmingham City Art Gallery, and Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield
1980 John Hoyland, University Gallery, University of Melbourne, touring to Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, and Macquarie Galleries, Sydney, Australia
1980 John Hoyland, Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich, Germany
1980 John Hoyland, Galerie Krammer, Hamburg, Germany
1981 John Hoyland, Gump’s Gallery, San Francisco, USA
1981 John Hoyland, Waddington Galleries, London
1982 John Hoyland, Jacobson/Hochman Gallery, New York, USA
1982 John Hoyland, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
1982 John Hoyland, Compass Gallery, Glasgow
1983 John Hoyland, Waddington Galleries, London
1983 John Hoyland, Waddington Graphics, London
1983-84 John Hoyland, Hokin/Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, USA
1984 John Hoyland, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
1985 John Hoyland, Waddington Galleries, London
1986 John Hoyland, Waddington & Shiell Galleries, Toronto, Canada
1987 John Hoyland, Waddington Galleries, London
1987 John Hoyland, Oxford Gallery, Oxford
1987 John Hoyland, Lever/Meyerson Gallery, New York, USA
1988 John Hoyland, Erika Meyerovich Gallery, San Francisco, USA
1988 John Hoyland, Edward Thorden Gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden
1990 John Hoyland, Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London
1990 John Hoyland, Waddington Galleries, London
1991 John Hoyland, Eva Cohon Gallery, Chicago, USA
1992 John Hoyland, Galerie Josine Bokhoven, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1992 John Hoyland, Graham Modern Gallery, New York, USA
1994 John Hoyland, Annendale Gallery, Sydney, Australia
1994 John Hoyland, CCA Gallery, London
1995 John Hoyland, Theo Waddington, London
1996 John Hoyland, Carlow Arts Festival, Ireland
1999 John Hoyland, Galerie Fine, London
1999 John Hoyland: Retrospective, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2000 John Hoyland, Galerie Josine Bokhoven, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2000 John Hoyland, University of Leatherbridge, Alberta, Canada
2001 John Hoyland Retrospective, Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
2001 John Hoyland, Galleri Christian Dam, Oslo, Norway
2001 John Hoyland, Mural Design for Metro, Rome, Italy
2001 John Hoyland, Nevill Keating Pictures, London
2001 John Hoyland, Beaux Arts, London
2003 John Hoyland, Beaux Arts, London
2005 John Hoyland, Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
2006 John Hoyland, Tate St Ives
2006 John Hoyland, Beaux Arts, London
2009 John Hoyland: Unmistakable Identity, Alan Wheatley Art, London

 

Two –man exhibitions:
1969 John Hoyland with Anthony Caro, X Biennal de Sao Paolo, Brazil
1972 John Hoyland with Jules Olitsky, Leslie Waddington Graphics, London
1977 John Hoyland with Gordon House, Waddington Graphics, London
1978 John Hoyland with John Walker, Van Straaten Gallery, Chicago, USA
1981 John Hoyland with Joe Tilson, Hokin Gallery, Miami, USA


Public collections include:

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Arts Council of Great Britain Art Museum of the Ateneum, Helsinki
Birmingham City Art Gallery
British Council, London
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, London
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, USA
City Art Gallery, Manchester
Contemporary Art Society, London
Courtauld Institute, London
Frederick R Weisman Art Foundation Collection, Los Angeles, USA
Government Art Collection, London
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Leicestershire Education Authority Maclaurin Collection, Rozelle, Ayr
Melbourne University Art Gallery
Museum of Art, Rhode Island
School of Design, Providence, R.I., USA
Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
National Museum, Finland
Neuberger Collection, University of Purchase, New York, USA
Perth Art Gallery, Australia
Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, London
Phoenix Museum, Arizona, USA
Picker Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA
Power Gallery of Contemporary Art, University of Sydney, Australia
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Royal College of Physicians, London
Städtisches Museum, Leverkusen, Germany
Tate, London
Tehran Museum of Modern Art, Tehran, Iran
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, USA
Ulster Museum, Belfast Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Warwick University Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

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