Robert Hodgins / Looking Back / 2013

Robert Hodgins / Looking Back / 2013
13 April - 11 May 2013
Installation View

Robert Hodgins

Princes of the Church, 2002 Oil on canvas 90 x 90 cm

Robert Hodgins

La Contessa Venemosa, 2003 Lithograph 57 x 65 cm / 57 x 65cm

Robert Hodgins

Street Scene, 2001 Oil and graphite on canvas 91 x 122cm

Robert Hodgins

Skull II, 2001 Pencil on paper 28.5 x 21 cm

Robert Hodgins

Cotton Club, 2008/ 2009 Monotype 76 x 57 cm

Robert Hodgins

Two Nudes, 2008 Oil on canvas 90 x 120 cm

Robert Hodgins

A Self Portrait, 2009 Oil on canvas 120 x 90 cm

Robert Hodgins

Virago, 2009 Monotype 76.5 x 57 cm

Robert Hodgins

Office I (PART OF TRIPTYCH), 2007 Etching 34 x 51 cm

Robert Hodgins

Mavis, 1991 Oil on canvas 61 x 70.8 cm

Robert Hodgins

A Line from Auden- They are and suffer; that is all they do., 1996 Oil on Canvas 91 x 121 cm

Robert Hodgins

Skull III, 2001 Pencil on paper 28.5 x 21 cm

Robert Hodgins

Of course, Comrade Stalin, 2009 Lithograph 76.5 x 57 cm

Robert Hodgins

Office II, 2007 Etching 67 x 46cm

Robert Hodgins

Credit Meltdown, 2007 Etching 38 x 43.5 cm paper size

Robert Hodgins and Marguerite Stephens

Man with Band-aid, 1997 Wool and Mohair (only one ever produced) 151 x 209 m

Robert Hodgins

Giant Two, 2005/6 Oil on canvas 70 x 60 cm F: 73 x 63 cm

Robert Hodgins

Office III, 2007 Etching

Robert Hodgins

Ouma in Swart Satyn, 2007 Oil on canvas 60 x 60cm

Robert Hodgins

Goneril, 2006 Monotype 50 x 66cm

Robert Hodgins

Like it or not... I'm going your way, 2008/2009 Monotype 57 x 76.5 cm

Robert Hodgins

The Human Race, 2002

Robert Hodgins

Study After Michelangelo no.2, 2009 Oil on canvas 60 x 60 cm

Robert Hodgins

The Ceramic Art of Robert Hodgins, 2008

Robert Hodgins

Figure, 1994 glazed ceramic with gold and mother of pearl lustre, with book 8 x 20 x 24 cm

Robert Hodgins

Play Softly till I end my song, 2002/3 oil on canvas 60 x 80 cm

Robert Hodgins

Aardklop 'Otto en die Rooi Gevaar, 1996', 2002 Poster 59.5 x 42 cm

Robert Hodgins

Some Thoughts on Ancient Greek Theatre, 1996 Oil on Canvas 91 x 121cm

Robert Hodgins

Completely in control, 2009 Monotype 57 x 76.5 cm

Robert Hodgins

Full Camouflage, 2009 Lithograph 76 x 56.5 cm

Robert Hodgins

Blue Jersey, 2002 oil on canvas 61 x 61 cm

Robert Hodgins

Josephine, 2007 Monotype 57 x 77 cm

Robert Hodgins

Untitled, 2004 ceramic ashtray with underglaze colour beneath transparent stoneware glaze, with book 27 cm diameter

Robert Hodgins

Head Prefect, Captain of Swimming, etc, etc, 2004 Oil on canvas 30 x 30cm

Robert Hodgins

Study After Michelangelo no.3, 2009 Oil on canvas 75 x 75cm

Robert Hodgins

Head, 2008 Oil on canvas 60 x 60cm

Robert Hodgins

A Mad Bible Woman in the Streets, 2000 Oil on canvas Work: 90 x 90 cm Frame: 95 x 95 x 3.5 cm

Robert Hodgins

Waiting For The Boss (Tootsie's), 1994 Lithograph 42 x 28cm

Robert Hodgins

Birthday catalogue, 2000 (Hodgins at Goodman), 2000

Robert Hodgins

A Certain Smile, 2007 ceramic plate with underglaze colour beneath transparent stoneware glaze, with book 33 cm diameter

Robert Hodgins

Whistler's Grandmother, 2009 Monotype 57x76.5 cm

Robert Hodgins

Late Encounter, 2009 Monotype 57x 75 cm

Robert Hodgins

Girl, 2009 Lithograph 76 x 56.5 cm

Robert Hodgins

Robert Hodgins: A Lasting Impression, 2012

Robert Hodgins

Gent I, 2007 Monotype 76.5 x 34.5 cm

Robert Hodgins

My CEO, 2007 Lithograph 76 X 56.5 cm

Robert Hodgins

Uncle Bert who was in Wool Trade, 2007 Oil on canvas 60 x 60 cm

Robert Hodgins

Fayyum Head, 2006 ceramic plate with underglaze colour beneath transparent stoneware glaze 29.5 cm diameter

Robert Hodgins

A Boxer And His Promoter, 2008 Monotype 57 x 75 cm

Robert Hodgins

J' accuse!, 1995-1996 Oil on canvas 90 x 120 cm

Robert Hodgins

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

Robert Hodgins

Odalisque with Landscape, 2007 Oil on canvas 60 x 90 cm

Robert Hodgins

Wounded Picture , c. 1979 Oil on canvas, sliced and stiched 73 x 55cm

Robert Hodgins

The Don & Sancho Panza, 2005 Oil on canvas

Robert Hodgins

Miss Priss, 2009 Lithograph 57 x76 cm

Robert Hodgins

Despot, 2008 Hand Coloured Etching 36 x 27 cm paper size

Robert Hodgins

Model Posing, 2009 OIl on canvas 90 x 90 cm

Robert Hodgins

Circus Strongman, 2006 Oil over duco 90 x 90 cm

Robert Hodgins

Mr Big from New Orleans, 2006/7 Oil on canvas 60 x 60cm

Robert Hodgins

Left Out of Making Love in the Shadows, 2009 Oil on canvas ( unsigned, certificate from Estate) 90 x 120cm

Robert Hodgins

Beast in the Green Night, 1991 Oil on canvas 45.5 x 60cm

Robert Hodgins

Curtain Call, 2006 Oil on canvas 90 x 120 cm

Robert Hodgins

Seated Woman, 2001 Pencil on paper 28.5 x 21 cm

Robert Hodgins

Officers and Gents (1 - 9) FRAMED SET, 1998 - 2001 Digital print in pigment inks on cotton rag paper Full set of prints (1 - 9)

Robert Hodgins & Jan Neethling

Untitled (This painting was begun +/- 1970 by Jan Neethling and used for various household purposes. Robert Hodgins picked it up in 1998 and continued it into 2001), 1970-2001 Oil on board 59.5 x 57 cm

Robert Hodgins

I used to pose for Herr Otto Dix, 2009 Monotype 76.3x 56 cm

Robert Hodgins & Jan Neethling

God is Love, 2009 Oil and stencilled spray-paint on canvas (signed only by Jan Neethling, certificate from Hodgins Estate) 90 x 120 cm

Robert Hodgins

Mme. Matisse, 2001 Pencil on paper 28.5 x 21 cm

Robert Hodgins

Office II, 2007 Etching 67 x 46cm

Robert Hodgins

Woman Seated Backwards, with Empty Chair, 2010 Oil on canvas (unsigned, certificate from Estate) 60 x 60cm

Robert Hodgins

Female Nude III, 2007 Oil on canvas 92 x 62 cm F: 97 x 67 cm

Robert Hodgins

Man With Smug Armchair, 2007/08 Oil Over Charcoal Work: 90 x 90 cm

Robert Hodgins

Little Miss Priss, 2008 / 2009 Oil On Canvas 75 x 75cm

Robert Hodgins

Study After Michelangelo no.1, 2009 Oil on canvas 90 x 90 cm

Robert Hodgins

Saturday Night, 2000 Pencil and watercolour on paper 42 x59 cm

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At the end of Robert Hodgins’ long life, he found being ill “just too tedious!” and was frustrated at the fact that “ I cannot paint!” He was involved in The Great Human Drama, right to his last day. He left a legacy of compelling work behind him, which is evident in the exhibition now at Wits Art Museum, a wide survey of his works in print media, and monotype. Take the opportunity to see this show before it closes on 6 April 2013.

Possessed of a mischievous and curious eye with which he critically evaluated the doings of humankind; a lively wit, the sensitivity to include himself in his impressions of our species, and a healthy cynicism, Hodgins was above all the keenest observer of life one could meet. Painting, drawing and printing constantly taught him more about life and the process of producing images. He approached his canvas or paper with feeling and intellect, and found the act of image-making exciting, amusing, but also an intelligent means to understand and examine life, in all its splendour and grossness at once.

This first solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery since his passing in March 2010 presents a full range of his diverse oeuvre, with pencil drawings, prints, a watercolour, tapestry, monoprints, ceramic sculpture and oil painting.

Robert Hodgins

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”