John Hoyland on painting


“So many painters don’t understand colour. They make all the shapes the same size. My paintings are induced. By throwing and splashing paint you can get all the effects of movement. You can’t do that with a brush. They create a sensation of water or air. Life vitality. It’s an extension of Pollock with greater refinement. Put a blob of paint on a knife and throw them until they get right, as Pollock did. These little characters, these minute details, have their own little lives in the galaxy. They’re not about image really. This is what I like, that the paintings can be explored endlessly after the first impact. They’re not emblematic. The minor characters can be major characters.”~ John Hoyland