A gallery with close ties to Howard Hodgkin focuses on the late painter’s love affair with India.

Howard Hodgkin’s fascination with India is a case of art world opposites attracting. The much loved painter, who died earlier this year, was an avid collector of Indian miniatures - exquisite narrative scenes from myth or history, painted with the finest of brushes. Hodgkin himself was an abstract painter who worked with thick loose brushstrokes; and his paintings evoke emotions rather than stories.

He visited India annually from 1964 until his recent death, and the exhibition bears some of the fruits of half a century of travel. There are views from India’s famous trains, monumental prints of the capital, Delhi, attempts to capture the near unbearable heat, and a series on locally handmade paper called India Waves; they may or may not be seascapes. Visitors to Bath can expect prints, hand-coloured sketches and gouache studies of the vibrant life he found in and around his base in Mumbai.

Hodgkin said of his second home, 'Everything is very visible, somehow, there. Life isn’t covered up with masses of objects, masses of possessions'. It seems the English painter found a simplicity in Indian life, and this can be seen in his art.

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