John Hoyland dies aged 76
- 3 August 2011
The British abstract artist John Hoyland has died at the age of 76. See some of our favourite Art Funded John Hoyland works, including 22.3.1969
John Hoyland, one of Britain's leading abstract painters, has died at the age of 76. His work was known for its use of simple shapes and engaging colours, often on a large scale. In his later career he experimented with texture, layering paint thickly onto canvases.
Hoyland's studies began at the Sheffield School of Art and continued at the Royal Academy Schools, of which he became Professor after his election to the Royal Academy in 1991.
Hoyland's early work was influenced by 'New American Painting', a 1959 exhibition at the Tate. Following his first solo show in 1964 he traveled to America, where he met leading American artists including Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. Returning to Britain, he established himself as a major artist with his 1967 exhibition, 'Paintings 1960–67'. John Hoyland's Art Funded works can be seen above.