Howard Hodgkin Letters from Bombay 2012-14
‘I didn’t know what I was looking for when I came, except that I was looking for something else.’
To look at this painting is to be transported to a faraway exotic land, a place of dazzling light, colour, heat and hubbub. Painted by the beloved and much missed Howard Hodgkin, it was inspired by India, a country he visited almost annually after falling under its spell on his first visit in 1954. For Hodgkin, India served as a place of escape and freedom, somewhere brimming with inspiration which he found in the places he visited, the people he met, or in the most fleeting of visions and sensations: the colour of rain against the landscape, the light reflecting from a wave, or the stifling midday heat. Rendered in the artist’s instantly recognisable style, this painting is evocative, a sensory souvenir.
See this painting: Escape to Yorkshire's award-winning Hepworth Wakefield gallery to see Howard Hodgkin: Painting India, an exhibition the artist helped to curate before his death in March this year. Until 8 October.
Words by Annabel Matterson. The Iris Letter July 2017.