Whilst up in London this weekend I had the opportunity to visit the recently opened Newport Street Gallery. Just a few steps from Lambeth Bridge in Vauxhall this impressive architect designed space is the project of artist Damien Hirst, built to exhibit his extensive private collection of modern art to the public. Upon entering I was struck by four things, one: free entry, two: you can take photographs, three: the spectacular proportions of the space and four: the immersive and impactful nature of the large scale John Hoyland paintings currently exhibited in the space.
I knew little of the Sheffield born artist Hoyland, despite his being considered one of the most important artists of his generation. A somewhat subversive figure whilst studying at the RA in the '50's, his diploma works were censured but he still attracted critical acclaim and was included in many influential exhibitions throughout the 1960's and beyond.