Selected Works

Robert Hodgins & Jan Neethling

Just Us Two, 2010/2016 oil on canvas

Robert Hodgins

Off to the Charity Ball, 1999/2000 oil and charcoal on canvas and wood

Robert Hodgins

The Don & Sancho Panza, 2005 Oil on canvas

Robert Hodgins

Pretty Boy Floyd, 1980 gouache and spraypaint over silkscreen on paper

Robert Hodgins

In the gym, 1991 Oil on canvas

Robert Hodgins

Factory Worker , 2010 Oil on canvas (unsigned, certificate from Estate)


Robert Hodgins was born in Dulwich, England in 1920. In 1954 he became a Lecturer at the School of Art, Pretoria Technical College, where he remained until 1962. Then he took up a position as Journalist and Critic for Newscheck magazine. Between 1966 and 1983 he was a Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand Fine Art Department. At the end of 1983 he retired to take up painting full-time. Some paintings convey a feeling of deep seriousness and sadness; the paintings depict a sense of confusion that many people experience. However Hodgins believed that being an artist is about creating something new, an artist perfects the art of ingeniously reinventing content within society.

“Being an artist is about putting something into your subject matter that isn’t inherently there,” wrote Hodgins in 2000. “You are not at the mercy of your subject matter, it’s the content, and what you put into it, what you do with it, what extract from it, and what you put it with, that is so exciting. If you are aware of this, then you begin to build on the content of your whole life. Before you know where you are, you’re already thinking about the next work, and you could live to be 300. Paintings can be one-night stands or lifetime love-affairs – you never know until you get cracking”


New Revolutions: Goodman Gall...

04 June - 23 July 2016

New Revolutions: Goodman Gall...

02 June - 20 July 2016

Robert Hodgins / Looking Back...

13 April - 11 May 2013

Editions / 2013

23 March - 27 April 2013


Wits Art Museum in Johannesbu...

Posted 24 August 2019

Various artists on Standard B...

Posted 02 February 2018

Various Artists At Standard B...

Posted 25 June 2014

Robert Hodgins at WAM

Posted 04 February 2013


Robert Hodgins / Mail & Guar...

Robert Hodgins / Mail & Guar...