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John Hoyland RA (1934-2011)
Italian Etchings: Banda Oriental, 1989

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John Hoyland was shortlisted for the first Jerwood Painting Prize (1994) and these etchings demonstrate Hoyland’s proficiency as a printmaker. Hoyland explored the possibilities of creating space and depth with varied and tactile surfaces in his printmaking as well as his later paintings.

We are very grateful to Alan Cristea Gallery, London for their generous donation of a complete set of eight Italian Etchings by John Hoyland RA (1934-2011) to the Jerwood Collection. 

Image: John Hoyland RA, Italian Etchings: Banda Oriental, 1989, Jerwood Collection © DACS 2016. 


etching and aquatint


paper: 88.3 x 69.2 cm. / image: 63.1 x 49.3 cm.


Presented to Jerwood Collection by Alan Cristea Gallery, London in March 2016

John Hoyland was born in Sheffield in 1934 and studied at Sheffield College of Art (1951-56). He then moved to London and studied at the Royal Academy Schools (1956-60) where his Diploma presentation consisted entirely of abstract paintings.  In 1960 and 1961 Hoyland took part in the seminal Situation exhibitions at the RBA Galleries, London, which showed monumental abstract works by British artists. His work was also included in Bryan Robertson’s New Generation exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (1964). Hoyland travelled widely and during the 1960s spent periods of time living in New York where he met and visited the studios of Robert Motherwell, Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko. 

Major solo exhibitions include: Whitechapel Gallery, London (1967); Serpentine Gallery, London (1979); Royal Academy (1999); the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield (2001); Tate St Ives (2006); and recently Newport Street Gallery, London (2015-16).

Hoyland was elected ARA in 1983 then RA in 1991. He was shortlisted for the first Jerwood Painting Prize in 1994.