See Damien interviewed below on the forthcoming exhibition of John Hoyland, 'Power Stations' (Paintings 1964-1982) where he discusses the influence he had on Hirst's painting, also how he has the Hoyland painting from the sixties in his office.
I think its great that he is opening his new gallery with a bold declaration of a painter, a great British painter of the post war years and an abstract painter, and a maverick abstract painter who went against the grain of the stuffy British public of the time.
This will, I am sure, be picked up and discussed more abroad, where Hoyland has a more defined reputation, both in Europe and the USA than in London, a brave decision and Abstraktion applauds it! (see our earlier posts on the Hoyster here and his last interview with Peter's in Turps Banana #9. )
|Our Pete and the Hoyster|
|Damien Hirst's Newport Street Gallery in Lambeth, South London (an artist's impression). Curtesy of Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.|