John Hoyland was a London-based British artist and one of the country's leading abstract print-maker and painters, though he disliked the label 'abstract' as he felt like it implied he premeditated his work.
During the 1960s Hoyland frequently visited America. The influence of these trips can clearly be seen in his work that is characterised by simple shapes, high-key colour and a flat picture surface, and by the 1970s this had evolved into much more textured work.
Retrospectives of John Hoyland's work have been held at the Serpentine Gallery, the Royal Academy and the Tate St. Ives.
From 8th October 2015 to 3rd April 2016, Newport Street Gallery will be exhibiting 'Petrol Stations,' John Holyand's first major solo show since 2006. The exhibition consists of paintings from the pivotal point of the artist's career (1964-1982), taken from Damien Hirst's collection, and occupies all six of Newport Street's individual galleries. 'Power Stations' both reaffirms Hoyland's status as a major innovative force within the field of international abstraction, and provides new insights into his diverse and ever-evolving work.