John Hoyland was born in Sheffield in 1934, another in a long list of extraordinary northern talent which has carved the lines of history for British Art. 30 years later Hoyland was selected as one of curator Bryan Robertson’s New Generation artists for his exhibition of young talent at the Whitechapel Gallery. It was a generation that included Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, Paul Huxley, Allen Jones and Bridget Riley.
The chief exponent of a style of abstraction associated with the theories of the American critic Clement Greenberg. His paintings are done in a rich vein of colour usually utilising simple forms such as triangles or other quadrilaterals. Two of his paintings were included in the 2002 summer show at the Royal Academy of Art in London but to many peoples, dismay was not for sale. John Hoyland was the Headteacher of painting at the Royal Academy of Art, where he guided future generations of artists to strive for the pinnacles he had reached.