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    Sale 5132

    Twentieth Century British Art

    6 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 94

    John Hoyland, R.A. (b. 1932)

    Cupids Work

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    John Hoyland, R.A. (b. 1932)
    Cupids Work
    signed, inscribed and dated '1.9.86/John Hoyland/CUPIDS WORK' (on the reverse)
    acrylic on canvas
    55 x 24 in. (139.8 x 61 cm.)

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    Mel Gooding notes that 'Hoyland embarked upon the "circle paintings" in 1983 in the spirit of an adventurer, and with a sense of extreme risk. Those paintings are like the reports from deep space of a solitary astronaut concerning his encounters with strange and unanticipated worlds, improbable planets. Each one reminds us of something seen, something known; each one seems utterly strange and without a precedence in our experience ... Hoyland was keenly aware of the history of the circle, as image and symbol, aware of its archetypal resonances; the problem was how to make it new, how to take an ancient sign and re-make its significances. Where others had made it empty, a cosmic symbol of an absolute perfection, he made of it an image of abundance, a container of the multifarious, the variegated and the heterogeneous' (see M. Gooding, John Hoyland, London, 1990, pp. 20-21).

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    with Waddington Galleries, London.