‘Six Days In September’ filmed in 1979 for BBC Arena, a somewhat bleak and obviously dated documentary, is nevertheless a unique and spectacular insight into the world of British abstract painter John Hoyland. In his own voice, Hoyland reflects on why painters paint, on why abstract painting specifically, and how truly challenging it can be. Inspiring, and a must-see for anyone interested in abstract painting.
British abstract artist John Hoyland (1934-2011) for BBC Arena, also currently viewable on BBC iPlayer.
John Hoyland Power Station Paintings showing at the Newport Street Gallery until 3 April 2016.
Sounds great – I’ll check it out. Many thanks.
Let me know what you think
Oh, I love these archives from the Beeb; there’s some great stuff with Heron and Hepworth that I love and which are still available. I saw this one ages ago but am going to watch it again now that you’ve prompted me. HX
Later: So great to watch this again after many years. Brilliant yet self-effacing throughout. Nervy as hell. ‘Think about it art’ he says, laughing, and ‘the absurdity of talking about it’ – that explains the dumbness of my comments here Vesna. Abstract artists as ‘faggy cavemen’ – hahahahaha. A reluctant participant in the film methinks.
He had good reason to be nervous, he represents not only his generation of boundary-pushing artists, but a good few generations to come – there’s still resistance to non-representational art
Always will be I suspect; though it mainly comes from people who don’t understand what art of any kind is, mistaking the concept instead for mere technical skill. Look at the crap that’s peddled as art in the typical high street.
What do you believe art is?
That is an unanswerable question, as only art itself can define itself.
What do you believe love is?
The opposite of fear
And in positive terms?
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