Sir Howard Hodgkin, pictured in 2014 (Getty)

    Exhibition preview: Howard Hodgkin at National Portrait Gallery

    9 March 2017

    Sir Howard Hodgkin has died at the age of 84 at a London hospital. Known for his bold abstract paintings and prints, Hodgkin’s work was exhibited at galleries including Tate Britain, the British Museum and MoMA throughout his long career, and his death comes shortly before the opening of a a major new retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG).

    Dr Nicholas Cullinan, director of NPG, said that ‘it is with deep sadness that we learn of the death of Howard Hodgkin, one of our greatest artists.’

    He added: ‘We have worked very closely over the last two years with Howard on our forthcoming exhibition of his portraits – the first ever to be devoted to this overlooked aspect of his work  – and one that he was so keen to see happen.’

    ‘Howard’s collaboration, commitment and warm encouragement throughout have been an inspiration. We are indebted to him for making it possible and hope that the exhibition will be a fitting tribute to his life and work. He was a lovely man and an extraordinary artist.’

    The show, poignantly titled Absent Friends, runs from March 23 – June 18 and traces the human presence in Hodgkin’s paintings. Below is a selection of images from the show. For more information, visit the NPG website.

    Absent Friends by Howard Hodgkin, 2000-1; Private Collection

    Portrait of the artist by Howard Hodgkin, 1984-87; Private Collection

    Going for a Walk with Andrew by Howard Hodgkin, 1995-1998; Walker Art Center