The exhibition includes the two new monumental works As Time Goes By, exhibited in a public gallery for the first time. As Time Goes By are Hodgkin's most ambitious and complex works to date. Each measuring over 20ft long, these two new pictures are the largest works the artist has ever made. They are also the largest works ever made, by any artist, using a combination of aquatint, carborundum embossing and painting in acrylic. The colours and vibrancy of the works have a brilliant impact on Southampton City Art Gallery
The exhibition also includes two series of large scale prints, Venetian Views and Into the Woods, as well as documentary material as to how Hodgkin would go about making these large scale works, including printing plates and proofs as well as education resources.
Howard Hodgkin is one of the most important painters and printmakers working today. His works are held by almost every major international museum and he has been the subject of numerous retrospectives, most recently at the Tate Gallery, London in 2006.
This exhibition has been organised in collaboration with the Alan Cristea Gallery and is kindly sponsored by Hallett Independent.