I think of Howard Hodgkin like the fauve painters because we all appreciate work that is sensual and the application of paint is of course very sensual.
His painting 'Waking up in Naples' is a fascinating painting because we can certainly identify the shoulder of the man, and the blue area which could be water through the window etc. He paints on board, generally speaking and sometimes the board is revealed so the wood grain becomes the shoulder and part of the torso of the man waking up in Naples. He also uses the frame. He looks for frames and they are part of the painting or the image. Usually the paintings are about episodes in his own life and usually they are about sex, so the older boys like to relate to that.


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