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Frank Hodgkinson

Deya de Mallorca, 1960

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PVA hessian and sand on canvas

162.00 x 97.00

initialed and dated H60 l.l.; signed and inscribed verso Frank Hodgkinson/ 163 x 99/

Exhibited:

Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporaneo, Madrid, 1962;
Frank Hodgkinson, Charles Nodrum Gallery, April 15 - May 8 2010, no. 3

Literature & references:

Barry Pearce, Morris West and Lou Klepac, Frank Hodgkinson, the Beagle Press, 1994, see pl 42 for a similar work;
Robert Hughes, the Art of Australia, Penguin 1970, p. 1973-4

In 1959 he settled in Deya, in Majorca. His work there (1959-61) cannot be considered without its Spanish prototypes. It is intimately related to four Madrid painters Canogar, Vela, Suarez, and Viola and not far distant from Tapies. No informal elements appeared in Hodgkinsons new work: his aim, shared by the Madrid painters, was the containment of an obsessive image, a unique and dominant form which, directly projected, left no room for dispersion. It is wrong to suppose that Hodgkinson's dead, baked and scraped textures, his piled-up layers of paint, wax and hessian, are merely ornamental or that they are passively meant to be Belle matiere. They dynamically extend the painting; contained in space (for Hodgkinsons space, unlike Olsen's, is closed and does not continue outside the frame, and his forms have a totemic stillness) they force the image backwards through time: their function is direct, not metaphorical. Layer after layer of substance is built up, cut back, riven, and cratered to expose the strata of this growth, and traversed by tremulous black graphs. No trace of his colours earlier charm remains: dark reds and browns, ochres and burnt yellows are contained between the lugubrious incursions of black and white, and (as with Tapies) there is no way of separating colour and material. Hodgkinson is not an illusionist: so close is their relationship between gesture, material, and colour that his paintings are self-sufficient images.
Hughes op. cit. p 1973-4

Note:

Acquired by the National Gallery of Australia.

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