Last week, the Subject Matter team received a tour of Damien Hirst’s recently opened Newport Street Gallery. The gallery was inaugurated with ‘Power Stations’, a solo exhibition dedicated to the late John Hoyland (1934-2011). The tribute to this almost forgotten artist highlights what we can expect from the impressively renovated Victorian scenery-painting studio- a celebration of great artists that have not been abandoned based on their dismissal by the general canon.
The non-figurative artist was one of Britain’s leading abstract painters. Although he has been aligned with Post-Painterly Abstraction, Colour Field painting and Lyrical Abstraction, the Royal Academician prefers not to be categorised amongst them, but rather labelled simply as ‘a painter’. He was impassioned by the 60s New York movement and spent time in between New York City and his hometown, Sheffield, UK.
“There is no place for cynicism, only joy, passion and wonderment, clarity and eagerness.”- John Hoyland, Tate Gallery talk, 1994