'Broken Bride 13.6.82' - John Hoyland, 1982
Acrylic on cotton duck
Accession Number WAG10365
Hoyland's radiant painting describes an emotional state which the viewer is invited to re-create or share. The harmonious and authoritative mix of shapes, textures and colours upon a flat area of canvas without the support of recognisable imagery is a profound artistic challenge, requiring spontaneity and instinct, but also discipline. Hoyland's use of dates in his titles suggests that a chief aim of his works is to sum up a moment or a period of life; a searching for order and meaning in existence. The work won first prize in the 13th John Moores Exhibition, 1982.