John Hoyland: A British Master of Acrylic Painting
The British artist John Hoyland was born in Sheffield in 1934. He remains known as one of the leading artists of his ‘Mod Brit’ generation, and has been referred to as Europe's answer to Mark Rothko. Hoyland used acrylic paints from the point they became available in London in the early to mid 1960s and continued using them up to his death in 2011. This chapter explores Hoyland's thoughts on his use of acrylic paints gained through artist interviews, tracks the evolution of his painting technique through the examination of six paintings in Tate's collection dating from 1966 to 1986, offers information acquired through the scientific analysis of his works of art, and documents the effects of a case study conservation treatment on the painting surface. In essence, this chapter aims to celebrate Hoyland's masterful use of acrylic emulsion paints through an enhanced understanding of his paintings, while simultaneously increasing our awareness of the need to preserve his works for the enjoyment of future generations.