The Sherbet Ahh…



John Hoyland is among England’s premier abstract painters. These silkscreens, done in the early 70’s, are an exception to Hoyland’s generally more muscular, scratchy, smeary color field paintings. What perfect constructions! They are worn and faded in the best sense, the pale color of an kitchen soaked in ample sunlight for half a generation. The colors themselves emit a pastelly, sherberty, creamy richness. Together this exquisite balance reminds me of one of the essential characteristics of old, beautiful things – vivid and weathered in equal measure. (Great article on Hoyland here.)