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Frank Hodgkinson

Deya de Mallorca, 1960

Price: $27,500

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Catalogue number: 14

polyvinyl acetate, hessian on canvas

147.00 x 97.00

signed, titled and dated 'Frank Hodgkinson / Oct '60 / Deya de Mallorca' on reverse

Provenance:

The Estate of Frank Hodgkinson

Literature & references:

Robert Hughes, The Art of Australia, Pelican, 1966, p 273:
“In 1959 [Hodgkinson] 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… It is wrong to suppose that Hodgkinson’s dead, baked and scraped textures, his piled-up layers of paint, wax, hessian, are merely ornamental or that they are passively meant to be belle matière… He permits layers of past experience to stake their disruptive claims on the present.  In fact, the drama of Hodgkinson’s work is the drama of matter disclosing its own history.” And Hughes goes on to quote the artist who says: “For nourishment I continually return to the actual, but no longer use the seen even as a point of departure.  Art is an act of divination by entrails, not a careful record of the obviously seen. The seen keeps me in contact with life and may enable the painting to identify itself… In painting two things are important, the artist and the surface.”;

Barry Pearce, Morris West and Lou Klepac, Frank Hodgkinson, The Beagle Press, 1994, see pp 42 & 43 for similar works.

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