Hales at Frieze London 2021
Booth D02, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4NR
Wednesday 13 October, VIP Preview (invitation only)
Thursday 14 October
Friday 15 October
Saturday 16 October
Sunday 17 October
Hales is delighted to announce its return to Frieze London for the fair’s 2021 edition, with a solo presentation of paintings by legendary British artist, John Hoyland (b.1934 Sheffield, UK – d.2011 London, UK). Focusing on the extraordinary paintings made in the final few years of his life, these definitive works are the consolidation of five decades of experimentation, and the belief in the possibilities of paint to communicate depth of feeling and emotion. Exemplary of Hoyland’s commitment to modernist tradition and modes of non-figuration, the experiential works highlight the materiality and power of paint.
Contemplating his own mortality, there is a sense of the otherworldly and a connection to the void in these works. Hoyland’s use of a dark ground is formal, structural and emotive, and layered pools of paint evoke chance, freedom and vitality. In the darkness there are defiant and expressive strokes of swirling bright colour and floating orbs, which bring a sense of hope and a celebration of life. The presentation includes the magnificent and cosmic Blood Moon (2010), which was to be his ultimate large-scale painting, as well as a piece from his important final series, Mysteries, which explored notions of the infinite.
The 2021 solo exhibition, John Hoyland: The Last Paintings at Museums Sheffield, commemorates ten years since Hoyland’s death and celebrates this final era of his oeuvre. The exhibition is accompanied by an expansive, richly illustrated Ridinghouse publication.