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Travelling through India was a catalyst for one of Britain’s greatest artists, Howard Hodgkin, who passed away in March. It helped to transform his early figurative work into his signature visceral abstracts. “The country’s openness enabled him to communicate emotions with more immediacy,” said Eleanor Clayton, curator of a new show at the Hepworth Wakefield of his India inspired work, opening 1 July. With two thirds of the paintings from private collections, many have never been seen in public before or unseen for decades and spans the 1960s to earlier this year.
Howard Hodgkin: Painting India, 1 July 2017 to 8 October 2017, The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW, 01924 247360 hepworthwakefield.org
Photo of Howard Hodgkin in his Mumbai studio by Prakash Rao, February 2016
Mrs Acton in Delhi, 1967–71 Letters from Bombay, 2012–14 Over to You, 2015–17 Summer Rain, 2002–2013 Bombay Sunset, 1972–73 Arriving, 2013–14
PICTURED ABOVE: THE HEPWORTH WAKEFIELD © IWAN BAAN. PICTURED LEFT: ALL IMAGES © HOWARD HODGKIN