Hoyland, John (11 of 21).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2005-03-22, 2005-03-30, 2005-04-02, 2005-04-13, 2005-05-02, 2005-05-05, 2005-05-19, 2007-07-24, 2007-08-22

  • Recording locations

    Charterhouse Square, London and Castelnau, London

  • Interviewees

    Hoyland, John, 1934-2011 (speaker, male)

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    Gooding, Mel, 1941- (speaker, male)

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    Part 11: Tape 6: Side A: Recording 2 May 2005. Details changes in JH painting late 60’s. 1967 year of his Whitechapel show. Influence of PH, Anthony Caro [AC], ML, etc. JH’s use of visual optics. Reading Rudolf Arnheim. Comparison of English and American painting by Robert Melville [RM] and BR’s friend. Interviewer’s comments on changes in JH’s paintings. JH’s response. Examples painters interested in painting environments. JH’s work criticised as being too American; quotes Edward Lucie-Smith article. MR’s comment about making great paintings. Effect on English painting then of art school teaching careers. Details Whitechapel show. Antipathy to abstract painting Ben Nicholson and Pasmore excepted. Other shows BR curated in 60’s. Interviewer’s comments on neo-Dada artists Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns. JH on Larry Rivers, Brett Whiteley, Lee Krasner. Clem Greenberg’s [CG] comment on JH paintings. Effect of psychoanalysis on American painters. Nick Wilder [NW] offer to JH of show in Los Angeles. Other shows followed. JH explains his resignation from teaching, age 69. His criticism of Patrick Heron’s paintings and comments on work of John Walker and Basil Beattie. Details JH’s personal problem and state of his marriage.

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