John Hoyland was born on 12 October 1934 in Sheffield, England. He was one of the country's leading abstract painter. Hoyland’s work in his finals show so shocked the Royal Academy Schools that the then president of the RA ordered it off the walls.
John Hoyland's first solo exhibition was held at the Marlborough New London Gallery in 1964 just months after leaving the R...oyal Academy and his first solo museum show at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1967, curated by Bryan Robertson. In the 1960s, Hoyland's work was characterised by simple shapes, high-key colour and a flat picture surface. In the 1970s his paintings became more textured. His paintings are closely aligned with Post-Painterly Abstraction, Color Field painting and Lyrical Abstraction. Hoyland disliked the 'abstract' painter label, describing himself simply as 'a painter'. Over the next decade his career took off and in 1964 he 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. Retrospectives of his paintings have been held at the Serpentine Gallery (1979), the Royal Academy (1999) and Tate St Ives (2006). In 1982 he won the John Moores Painting Prize and in 1998 the Royal Academy's Wollaston Award. His works are held in many public and private collections including the Tate and Damien Hirst's Murderme Collection. He died 31st July 2011 aged 76.