28 July – 30 September 2007
One of Britain's most prestigious artists, Sir Howard Hodgkin,
is returning to Bath to have a show at the Victoria Art Gallery,
starting on Saturday 28 July and running until 30
September. Howard was interviewed on Radio 4's Front Row
recently, when the show at the Victoria Art Gallery was
Howard trained and taught at the Bath Academy of Art from
1950 to 1964, but he has never had a show in the city before.
Some of his very earliest paintings were entered into Bath Society
of Artists exhibitions at the Victoria Art Gallery in the 1950s.
One of them, showing a Staff Meeting at Corsham (i.e. the Bath
Academy), has been borrowed specially for our show from its usual
home in Kettering Art Gallery.
Howard turns 75 on August 7th, during the run of our show. He is so
delighted that this show is coming to Bath that he is taking the
trouble to attend our opening on Friday 27 July at 6.00 pm.
Many of the most painterly pieces were made at Jack Shirreff’s
107 Workshop in Wiltshire. A catalogue is available and prints are
Howard Hodgkin, Moonlight, 1980
Howard Hodgkin, Staff Meeting, Corsham,
Howard Hodgkin, Bleeding, 1981-82