Howard Hodgkin was born on August 6, 1932, in London. From 1949 to 1954, he studied at the Camberwell School of art in London and at the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham, where he lectured until 1966. In that year, Hodgkin was given a position at the Chelsea School of Art in London. He taught there until 1972.
Howard Hodgkin represented Great Britain at the Biennale in Venice in 1977 and roused international interest with his strong, vivid paintings and drawings. In 1985, the Tate Gallery in London put on the first retrospective of Hodgkin's works. In the same year, the artist was awarded the Turner Prize. In the following years, Hodgkin, who was often mentioned in conjuunction with the French painter Henri Matisse, worked intensively on large format lithographs.
Howard Hodgkin received the Shakespeare Prize in 1997 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Oxford University in 2000.
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