'Broken Bride 13.6.82' - John Hoyland, 1982

The canvas is broken by triangles and squares roughly painted within a bordered canvas. Some of the shapes are plain, others have coloured patches within them.

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.