For Art Basel 2024, Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert will present a tightly curated stand of paintings and works on paper by five pioneers of British art: Hurvin Anderson (Born 1965), Bridget Riley (Born 1931), Paula Rego (1935-2022), Frank Auerbach (Born 1931) and Howard Hodgkin (1932-2017).

  • Hurvin Anderson

    Born 1965
  • The first painting I made was based on an application of all these images centred around Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line. So, I had ships sat in the middle of Birmingham, and this idea of repatriation – wanting to go somewhere else. 
    Hurvin Anderson, 2021
  • Hurvin Anderson's landscape painting, Untitled, is an important example of the artist’s formative early work, executed the year that he completed his MA at the Royal College of Art in London. Anderson plays with a figurative and abstract style to presage many of the conceptual concerns regarding identity and the status of the post-colonial Caribbean that have led to the artist becoming one of the most celebrated and politically influential painters of his generation.
    The painting pays homage to Marcus Garvey’s Black Star Line, an American, all-black shipping corporation which was established in the 1920s. As the first shipping operation in history with an all-black crew and captain, the company became a symbol of African American autonomy, with shipping routes to Central America, the United States and Africa.

    Born 1931
  • Bridget Riley's explorations into colour through the vehcile of the horizontal stripe reach an apex in Toccata Green (2013-14). Referencing the virtuoso piece of music specifically composed to emphasise the dexterity of the performer's fingers, Riley's own carefully composed chromatic interactions vividly inflect across the canvas. This painting will be complemented by six related works on paper that have come direct from the artist’s studio. Considered works in their own right, these gouache paintings reveal the richness and depth of Riley’s inquiries into interactive colour.

    1935 - 2022

    A Paula Rego painting goes to places of psychic and emotional experience that have really been off-limits. The permission she gave to enter these areas was a flinging open of the barricades.


    - Marina Warner, 2017


  • A selection of works by Paula Rego illustrate the artist’s unparalleled talent for storytelling. Among them, The Fisherman: Reading the Divine Comedy by Dante (2005) belongs to one of the most personal and resonant series in the artist's oeuvre in which past experiences and memories with her father are unearthed. 


    Rego drew upon her own encounters in life as well as a variety of folkloric, religious and historical references for inspiration. The Mermaids (2016) speaks to Rego's interest in Portugese tales that formed the springboard from which she developed much of her work. Girl with Sunglasses and Vegetables (1985) reveals the style that preceeded Rego's more explicitly figurative pastels. An impulsive, haptic application of acrylic paint surfaces in this work that resists neat interpretation. 


    Born 1931
  • Reclining Head of Julia (2015) is among the last paintings that Frank Auerbach made of his wife, Julia Wolstenholme. This particular portrait has come straight from the artist's studio and is a touching example of the brighter, high-key palette adopted by Auerbach in his later work. Auerbach continues to paint today and remains one of Britain’s most celebrated artists.

    1932 - 2017
  • The density of Hodgkin’s painted frames casts them in the role of buffer states, shields of colour erected to shelter the fragile, evanescent images at the heart of a painting from too close and immediate a contact with the world beyond the painting. It also turns his pictures into conduits, leading into private or secret worlds


    - Andrew Graham-Dixon, 1994

  • Egypt (1993-96) by Howard Hodgkin will join further landscapes made in what is widely regarded as the artist’s ‘golden period’ of 1978 to 1999. Landscapes formed an integral part of Hodgkin’s practice and Egypt appears as an important subject in works made between 1970 and 2002. These landscapes speak to Hodgkin’s emboldened style which coincided with his strengthening career following representation of Great Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1984 and winning the Turner Prize in 1985.


    Art Basel 2024

    Stand F9, Hall 2.0

    Messe Basel
    Messeplatz 10 
    4058 Basel



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