Hoyland, John (17 of 21).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    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 17: Tape 9: Side A: Interview 24/07/2007. Recap of discussion, in earlier recordings of artists represented in Royal Academy show ‘New Spirit of Painting’. JH selected for Hayward Annual 1980; his views on abstract painting in Britain at the time. Description and explanation of changes in his paintings in eighties. Effect of reading book on Miro given to him by Robert Motherwell, details. JH’s trip to Africa; drawing natural forms, workshop in the bush. Details workshops organised by Triangle Studios in South Africa and other countries. JH running away from two of them, details. More details South African workshop. JH discovering the wonder and lyricism of line, details. Details and explanation of his ‘Hoochie Coochie’ painting described as a riposte to Barnett Newman’s [BN]‘Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue’. References to Mondrian, Hoffman and de Kooning. Details subjects of interest to JH in his paintings then; examples. His belief in series of paintings as a journey of self-discovery. Details his efforts to achieve freedom in his paintings similar to that of Picasso, Matisse, Miro, etc. Quotes Delacroix. Comments on work of Terry Frost, [TF] Patrick Heron, [PH] Roger Hilton, [RH] de Kooning [de K]. Details JH’s circle paintings. 1984/5 won Athena Prize for ‘Zoomin’ painting, details.

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