Alan Cristea Gallery

31 Cork Street, London
1st January - 31st December 2012

From the gallery press release: A major new body of works on paper by Howard Hodgkin, one of ‘s most important living artists, form the basis of our celebration of the artist’s 80th birthday.&nbsp These 11 new are remarkably different in feel to much of his earlier work each is a surprising and powerful burst of energy, displaying brio and which, together, cover the spectrum of emotions, from a sense of deep foreboding in some, to joy, and, possibly, even anger in others. The exhibition title with the Night, references the celebrated Robert Frost poem of the same name, often interpreted as a vivid description of the experience of depression, and has a special meaning for Howard Hodgkin as it was the title of first, and no longer extant lithograph print, made nearly 60 years in 1953. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated with introduction by art historian, John-Paul Stonard. The catalogue will also be available in a deluxe version by a limited edition print in an edition of 50.’s paintings and prints often evoke memories and private . Since the 1950s, he has made a substantial number of prints and, for the last 25 years, has favoured heavily -painted carborundum and aquatint etchings which allow him to bring the physicality of the paintings into his printmaking. series of works, some brooding and sombre while others bristle intensity and physicality, marks a shift in style for Hodgkin, a spectrum of emotions while combining confidently -down compositions with a sense of spontaneity that belies the process of layering and over-painting by which they have been created.