“1937: At the age of 5 Hodgkin determines to become a painter.” A timeline of notable events in the artist’s life and career.
1949 - 1950
Studies at Camberwell School of Art (along with Gillian Ayres, Harry Mundy and Christopher Pinsent), where the dominant ethos is ‘Euston Road’ realism.
First shows in a public gallery – in Bath Art Society’s group show at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath – probably Portrait, which has since been lost. See Missing Works.
Creates his first print, Acquainted with the Night, based on a poem by Robert Frost. See Missing Works.
1950 - 1954
Studies at the residential Bath Academy of Art, Corsham, Wiltshire, which is run by charismatic artists Clifford and Rosemary Ellis. “We were taught the Old Master method of painting”, Hodgkin told Alan Woods in 1998. “Starting with the middle-tone ground and going down into it and up from it. I painted a copy of a Raphael head… But nobody believed in it [the method].” (Transcript, 03/02) Teachers included William Scott, Jack Smith and Peter Lanyon.
With Colin Thompson Hodgkin arranges the first show of Andre Derain’s paintings in England.
Appointed assistant art master at Charterhouse School, Surrey on one year’s probation. He resigns as soon as the appointment is confirmed.
Marries Julia Lane (two sons, Louis, born 1957 and Sam, born 1960). They live in 114 Sinclair Road, Hammersmith, London until 29 September 1958.
The Hodgkins move to 12 Addison Gardens, Kensington, where they stay until 24 December 1966.