28 June - 29 July 2006

Howard Hodgkin

A Print Retrospective

Alan Cristea Gallery is holding a retrospective survey of the prints of Howard Hodgkin.  Approximately 30 hand-painted prints spanning the past fifteen years will fill the gallery space, with each print demonstrating Hodgkin's command of colour and spontaneity as a printmaker. The exhibition will coincide with Hodgkin's major painting retrospective at Tate Britain.

Howard Hodgkin made his first print in 1953 and from the outset has been keen to make these works quite distinct from his paintings. Often the prints have a sense of immediacy and simplicity.  He says of Mango, Indian Tree and Moroccan Door from 1990; "I tried to make them simple and in some way - not charming exactly - but soothing to the eye." 

Each of the works in this exhibition were printed and editioned with the guidance of Jack Shirreff at the 107 Workshop in Wiltshire. The combination of printed mark and hand colouring is characteristic of Hodgkin's printmaking and this labour-intensive process is clearly in evidence in all of his recent graphic works. The exhibition will include his most recent work entitled For Jack, marking fifteen years of collaboration with printmaker Shirreff.

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Alan Cristea Gallery is now Cristea Roberts Gallery

The gallery’s new name recognises publicly the close partnership between Alan Cristea and David Cleaton-Roberts, who have worked together for over 20 years. Alongside the other directors, they have built the gallery into one of the world’s leading publishers of original prints and editions, forming relationships with an extensive roster of international artists and estates, as well as representing several artists in the UK for their painting and drawing.

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