Label Text: Howard Hodgkin, born in London in 1932, studied and taught in England for many years before showing his works for the public in a series of traveling exhibitions throughout the world.
In his paintings, he works from a particular visual subject and gradually transforms it. The manner of this transformation is conditioned by various factors: by the aesthetic demands of the picture itself (for example, composition and color relationships), stylistic influences (Matisse, among others) and his own personality.
The result is a curious intensity. Hodgkin's titles restate the original subject; in this case, a portrait. First Portrait of Terence McInerney hovers just on nature's side of complete abstractedness, joining a convincing sense of life with abstraction and flatness.