Hoyland, John (15 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)

  • Interviewers

    Gooding, Mel, 1941- (speaker, male)

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    Part 15: Tape 8: Side A: JH 1979 show at Serpentine Gallery. 70’s, 80’s paintings. Changes in forms, composition, surface treatment, etc described. Explains use of circle in his paintings. Compares with Sonia Delaunay and Ken Noland. Describes metamorphosis and breaking down of form. Conflicting meanings in his paintings; their cosmic quality. Reference to his painting in his 1979 Arena film. Describes efforts to get more free. Refers to Barnett Newman’s statement in catalogue to Tate 1959 American art show about ‘dead hand of geometry’. ‘Hoochie Coochie Dancer ‘ painting is JH’s riposte. JH asked to select British painters for 1980 Hayward Annual show. Explains his choice of artists. Visiting their studios. Lists friendships which followed. Scottish artists less hostile to JH than previously. Possible basis for hostility. Details studio and living space in Charterhouse Square acquired 1979. Describes a typical day. Making horizontal paintings on the floor. Painting, pouring, knifing done vertically.

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