New works by Howard Hodgkin can be seen at the Anthony d'Offay Gallery, 9, 23, 24 Dering Street, London W1, 12 November to 15 January 2000 (0171-499 4100).
`End of the Day', 1999 "All the paintings in my exhibition are oil on wood but they vary in size. End of the Day is quite small, and refers to a particular end of day. I'm often asked about my brushwork. I try very hard to limit the kind of marks I use, they are very simple, very straightforward, they're what I call my language. My paintings sometimes take a number of years to complete. My friend Patrick Caulfield says painters never stop working, and I do work very hard. Some artists are quick developers and get stuck in a groove early on, but it took time for me to develop. My
work is a personal view on what painting is and can do."
`Memories', 1997-99, and `Theatre', 1998-99
"These two works are combinations of particular events and of generalised experiences. Memories (above) is like most people's actual memories, an accretion of things. Theatre (right) is a conflation of two or three real theatres and the feeling of being in a theatre, the anticipation. I like working in the theatre very much. I designed the backdrop for the Mark Morris dance group which came to Sadler's Wells in October, which was an amazing commission. Mark sent me the music from America which I listened to and then I sent him the design, which was made into a backdrop, and then he choreographed using the music and the backdrop. The first time I ever saw a theatre design I'd done, for Covent Garden, I just couldn't believe the scale, a tiny brush stroke ends up huge. You have to be very aware of scale whatever the size of the piece you're working on. A mark which is out of scale in a small painting will be just as out of scale if it's enlarged 60 times. For my stamp commission, I produced a work that was about 20 times the stamp size, and the end result was quite manageable, I'm very pleased with it. I think the perforated border works. But the proof of the pudding will be when it's used." n