Do you young man have to dance in my lounge?

Robert Hodgins

Medium:

Monoprint, 2006

Dimensions:

50cm x 70cm

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ABOUT ROBERT HODGINS

Robert Hodgins was born in Dulwich, London. He enlisted with the Union Defense Force in 1940, and served in Kenya and Egypt. Robert Hodgins served in Kenya until 1941 in the second world war.  He was discharged in 1945 after the end of the war and returned to England.

In 1951, Robert Hodgins received a certificate for arts and crafts and a National Diploma of Design, the equivalent a major in painting. He returned so South Africa in 1954, he taught painting and drawing at the Pretoria Technical Collage. In 1962, he worked as a Journalist, art critic and then assistant editor of Newsweek. From 1966 to 1983, he was a senior lecture he taught at the Department of Fine Art. He retired in 1983 and became a full- time artist.

He worked in oil, acrylic, tempera and in various media. Although the human form from is the subject matter of many of his paintings, it is colour, space and placing that plays a very important role in the works.

A self-proclaimed “optimistic old sod”, Robert Hodgins once described painting to be “a bit like surfing” in that a good deal of time is spent bobbing about, waiting for the right wave to come along. Having said this, it’s not about instant gratification. Where Hodgins was concerned, paintings may only come into their own months or even years after their genesis. But beyond it all, he described being a painter as a “very nice way to live”. Not restricted by the need for technical support, for him it was about accepting the responsibility of the mark of one’s hand that is negotiated by no one other than oneself, quoting Francis Bacon’s words of “courting accidents”, but then choosing the ones that work. Another Hodgins maxim is that “subject matter is not content”. For Hodgins art was an “auto-intoxication that allows one to live through marriages, divorces, deaths and unhappy love affairs, and come up smiling all the time”.

“There are paintings that stem from memory and from a sombre look at the human condition. Paintings about the construction and confusion of contemporary urban life, but also paintings about the pleasures of being alive, pleasures that crowd in upon the pessimism everywhere – that crowd in and refuse to be ignored”- Robert Hodgins (Goodman Gallery 2000)

Hodgins also produced remarkable multi-media collaborative work with fellow heavyweights William Kentridge and Deborah Bell. Robert Hodgins first exhibited with Bell as early as 1983. Their association began with ‘Hogarth in Johannesburg’, followed by the ‘Little Morals Series’, ‘Easing the Passing (of the Hours)’ and ‘Ubu 101′, culminating in an exhibition at the Johannesburg Art Gallery marking their 10year working relationship. But a favourite of Robert Hodgins’ was Memo, a stop-frame animation short film directed by Kentridge, in which Hodgins acts as a hapless businessman whose trappings get the better of him in ways which can only be described as Kafka-esque.

As a young child in London, Hodgins endless explore the Tate Gallery, where it was “warm and open”. Despite having exhibited since the early 1950′s, it was 1981 before he was taken really seriously, but the impact was such that a major retrospective was hosted by the Standard Bank National Arts Festival in 1986. An early career highlight was a two-man show with Jan Neethling called ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’, producing some sixty experimental silkscreens of the gangster and hanging them on washing lines in the gallery. Hodgins cited this as a true “corroboration” of minds.

Hodgins died on 15 March 2010, in Johannesburg, at the age of 89 due to lung cancer.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2009    ROBERT HODGINS, GOODMAN GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2004    HODGINS AT GOODMAN, GOODMAN GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

2003    ROBERT HODGINS, SIMON MEE FINE ART, LONDON, UK

2002    50 YEARS A PAINTER, RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION, GERTRUDE POSEL GALLERY,

2002    UNIVERSITY OF WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA

2002    50 YEARS A PAINTER, RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION, TATHAM ART GALLERY, PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

2002    ROBERT HODGINS GOODMAN GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

2001-2 50 YEARS A PAINTER, RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION, SASOL ART MUSEUM, UNIVERSITY OF STELLENBOSCH, STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

2001    ROBERT HODGINS, JOAO FERREIRA GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2001    50 YEARS A PAINTER, RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION, UNIVERSITY OF POTCHEFSTROOM, POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA

2000    ROBERT HODGINS, GOODMAN GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1998    ROBERT HODGINS, GOODMAN GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1995    ROBERT HODGINS, GOODMAN GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1992    ROBERT HODGINS, GOODMAN GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1990    ROBERT HODGINS GOODMAN GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1987    ROBERT HODGINS, GOODMAN GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1986    RETROSPECTIVE, STANDARD BANK NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, GRAHAMSTOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

1960    ROBERT HODGINS, LIDCHI GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1959    ROBERT HODGINS SOUTH AFRICAN ASSOCIATION OF THE ARTS, PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

1958    ROBERT HODGINS, LIDCHI GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1956    ROBERT HODGINS, LIDCHI GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019    ‘MODERN MASTERS III’, EBONY/CURATED, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2016    NEW REVOLUTIONS: GOODMAN GALLERY AT 50, GOODMAN GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

2016    NEW REVOLUTIONS: GOODMAN GALLERY AT 50, GOODMAN GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2014    FROM SITTING TO SELFIE, STANDARD BANK GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

2003    ABSOLUTELY/PERHAPS, GROUP EXHIBITION WITH WILLIAM KENTRIDGE, JOHANNES PHOKELA, ZWELETHU MTHETHWA, SAM NHLENGETHWA, SIMON MEE FINE ART,      LONDON, UK

1999    <>FAST FORWARD, VAN REEKUM MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, APPELDOORN, NETHERLANDS

1997    MICHEL LUNEAU GALLERY, NANTES, FRANCE

1997    UBU 101, GERTRUDE POSEL GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1997    COLLABORATIONS, WITH WILLIAM KENTRIDGE AND DEBORAH BELL, JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1997    CRAM, SA ASSOCIATION OF THE ARTS, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

1995    MAYIBUE IAFRICA, AFRICA ’95 FESTIVAL, BERNARD JACOBSON GALLERY, LONDON, UK

1995    SEVEN STORIES OF AFRICA, AFRICA ’95 FESTIVAL, CURATED BY DAVID KOLOANE, COORDINATED BY FELICITY LUNN AND CATHERINE LAMPERT, WHITECHAPEL GALLERY,    LONDON, UK

1995    PANORAMAS OF PASSAGE, CURATED BY CLIVE VAN DEN BERG, IN ASSOCIATION WITH UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND ART GALLERIES RECIPIENT, HELGAARD STEYN, AWARD FOR PAINTING, MERIDIAN INTERNATIONAL CENTRE, WASHINGTON DC, USA

1994    DISPLACEMENTS, CURATED BY DAVID BUNN AND JANE TAYLOR, AN EXHIBITION OF WORKS ON PAPER, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, USA

1993    PORTRAITS IN THE ROUND, A CERAMIC EXHIBITION IN COLLABORATION WITH DEBORAH BELL AND RETIEF VAN WYK, SOUTH AFRICA

1992-3EASING THE PASSING (OF THE HOURS), COMPUTER ANIMATION AND GRAPHICS IN COLLABORATION WITH WILLIAM KENTRIDGE AND DEBORAH BELL, SOUTH AFRICA

1992    IGI LIFE VITA NOW AWARDS, JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1992    LE BAL DES TABLES ARTISTIQUES, MAYORAL BALL, JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1991    LITTLE MORALS SERIES, WITH DEBORAH BELL AND WILLIAM KENTRIDGE, CASSIRER GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1990    LIFE VITA NOW AWARDS, JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1989    HOGARTH IN JOHANNESBURG, BOOK LAUNCH, GERTRUDE POSEL GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1987    AA LIFE VITA ART NOW AWARDS EXHIBITION, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1987    HOGARTH IN JOHANNESBURG, CASSIRER GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG AND NATIONAL TOUR, SOUTH AFRICA.

1986    AA MUTUAL LIFE VITA ARTS NOW AWARDS EXHIBITION, 3RD QUARTER AWARD WINNER, JOHANNESBURG ART GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1985    CAPE TOWN TRIENNIAL, SA NATIONAL GALLERY, CAPE TOWN AND MAJOR MUSEUMS, SOUTH AFRICA

1984    FOUR JOHANNESBURG ARTISTS, WITH RICKY BURNETT, JO SMAIL AND ILONA ANDERSON, SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

1984    FOUR JOHANNESBURG ARTISTS, WITH RICKY BURNETT, JO SMAIL AND ILONA ANDERSON, GOODMAN GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1983    EXHIBITED WITH DEBORAH BELL, ANN SASSOON AND FRANK VAN SCHAIK, CARRIAGE HOUSE GALLERY, MIDLAND, CANADA

1980    WITS UNIVERSITY LECTURERS, GERTRUDE POSEL GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1980    PRETTY BOY FLOYD, SERIES OF GRAPHICS, MARKET GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA.

1978    PAINTINGS WITH SCULPTURES TWO MAN SHOW WITH JAN NEETLING, MARKET GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1975    GOODMAN GALLERY WITH JAN NEETLING, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA.

1971    TWO MAN SHOW OF CLICHES VERRES, WITH JAN NEETLING, LIDCHI GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1971    TWO MAN SHOW OF CLICHES VERRES, WITH JAN NEETLING, ASSOCIATION OF THE ARTS, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

1970    TWO MAN SHOW WITH JAN NEETLING, LIDCHI GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1961    TWO MAN SHOW WITH JAN NEETLING, LIDCHI GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

1954    TRANSVAAL ART OF TODAY (BEST YOUNG ARTIST AWARD), PRETORIA CENTENARY EXHIBITION, PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

PUBLICATIONS

2012    ANTHEA BUYS (ED), A LASTING IMPRESSION: THE ROBERT HODGINS PRINT ARCHIVE, WITS ART MUSEUM, SOUTH AFRICA

2008    RETIEF VAN WYK (ED), THE CERAMIC ART OF ROBERT HODGINS, BELL-ROBERTS PUBLISHING, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2002    ROBERT HODGINS, THE HUMAN RACE, GOODMAN GALLERY EDITIONS, SOUTH AFRICA

2002    ATKINSON, B, ROBERT HODGINS, TAFELBERG, CAPE TOWN

ACADEMIC CAREER

1966-83: SENIOR LECTURER IN PAINTING, UNIVERSITY OF WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA.

1954-62: LECTURER, SCHOOL OF ART, PRETORIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE, PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA.