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John Hoyland

Untitled 1967, Gouache on paper Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby Borough Council (1968),  ©The John Hoyland Estate

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John Hoyland (1934-2011), born in Sheffield, became one of the county’s leading abstract painters, however on a personal level he described himself as ‘a painter’. After his first trip to New York and new found friendship with Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, Hoyland returned to England where he began to exhibit work in London. ‘Untitled 1967’ encapsulates Hoyland’s early use of simple shapes, a range of colour from mid-tone hues to white and the use of a flat picture surface which he developed in the 1970s to become more textured.