Robert Hodgins / Looking Back / 2013

About

At the end of Robert Hodgins’ long life, he found being ill “just too tedious!” and was frustrated at the fact that “ I cannot paint!” He was involved in The Great Human Drama, right to his last day. He left a legacy of compelling work behind him, which is evident in the exhibition now at Wits Art Museum, a wide survey of his works in print media, and monotype. Take the opportunity to see this show before it closes on 6 April 2013.

Possessed of a mischievous and curious eye with which he critically evaluated the doings of humankind; a lively wit, the sensitivity to include himself in his impressions of our species, and a healthy cynicism, Hodgins was above all the keenest observer of life one could meet. Painting, drawing and printing constantly taught him more about life and the process of producing images. He approached his canvas or paper with feeling and intellect, and found the act of image-making exciting, amusing, but also an intelligent means to understand and examine life, in all its splendour and grossness at once.

This first solo exhibition at Goodman Gallery since his passing in March 2010 presents a full range of his diverse oeuvre, with pencil drawings, prints, a watercolour, tapestry, monoprints, ceramic sculpture and oil painting.

  • Little Miss Priss

    Robert Hodgins

    Little Miss Priss, 2008 / 2009

    Oil On Canvas

    75 x 75cm

  • Ouma in Swart Satyn

    Robert Hodgins

    Ouma in Swart Satyn, 2007

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 60cm

  • Odalisque with Landscape

    Robert Hodgins

    Odalisque with Landscape, 2007

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 90 cm

  • Beast in the Green Night

    Robert Hodgins

    Beast in the Green Night, 1991

    Oil on canvas

    17.5 x 60cm

  • Study After Michelangelo no.1

    Robert Hodgins

    Study After Michelangelo no.1, 2009

    Oil on canvas

    90 x 90 cm

  • Study After Michelangelo no.2

    Robert Hodgins

    Study After Michelangelo no.2, 2009

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 60 cm

  • Study After Michelangelo no.3

    Robert Hodgins

    Study After Michelangelo no.3, 2009

    Oil on canvas

    75 x 75cm

  • Wounded Picture

    Robert Hodgins

    Wounded Picture , c. 1979

    Oil on canvas, sliced and stiched

    73 x 55cm

  • Mr Big from New Orleans

    Robert Hodgins

    Mr Big from New Orleans, 2006/7

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 60cm

  • Giant Two

    Robert Hodgins

    Giant Two, 2005/6

    Oil on canvas

    70 x 60cm

  • A Mad Bible Woman in the Streets

    Robert Hodgins

    A Mad Bible Woman in the Streets, 2000

    Oil on canvas

    90 x 90 cm

  • Model Posing

    Robert Hodgins

    Model Posing, 2009

    OIl on canvas

    90 x 90 cm

  • Curtain Call

    Robert Hodgins

    Curtain Call, 2006

    Oil on canvas

    90 x 120 cm

  • Mavis

    Robert Hodgins

    Mavis, 1991

    Oil on canvas

    61 x 70.8 cm

  • Goneril

    Robert Hodgins

    Goneril, 2006

    Monotype

    50 x 66cm

  • Aardklop 'Otto en die Rooi Gevaar, 1996'

    Robert Hodgins

    Aardklop 'Otto en die Rooi Gevaar, 1996', 2002

    Poster

    59.5 x 42 cm

    Edition of 12

  • J' accuse!

    Robert Hodgins

    J' accuse!, 1995-1996

    Oil on canvas

    90 x 120 cm

  • Circus Strongman

    Robert Hodgins

    Circus Strongman, 2006

    Oil over duco

    90 x 90 cm

  • Princes of the Church

    Robert Hodgins

    Princes of the Church, 2002

    Oil on canvas

    90 x 90 cm

  • A Self Portrait

    Robert Hodgins

    A Self Portrait, 2009

    Oil on canvas

    120 x 90 cm

  • Uncle Bert who was in Wool Trade

    Robert Hodgins

    Uncle Bert who was in Wool Trade, 2007

    Oil on canvas

    60 x 60 cm

  • The Don & Sancho Panza

    Robert Hodgins

    The Don & Sancho Panza, 2005

    Oil on canvas

    61 x 61 cm

  • Female Nude III

    Robert Hodgins

    Female Nude III, 2007

    Oil on canvas

    96 x 62 cm

  • Head Prefect, Captain of Swimming, etc, etc

    Robert Hodgins

    Head Prefect, Captain of Swimming, etc, etc, 2004

    Oil on canvas

    30 x 30cm

  • Miss Priss

    Robert Hodgins

    Miss Priss, 2009

    Lithograph

    57 x76 cm

    Edition of 5

  • Office II

    Robert Hodgins

    Office II, 2007

    Etching

    67 x 46cm

    Edition of 10

  • Figure

    Robert Hodgins

    Figure, 1994

    glazed ceramic with gold and mother of pearl lustre, with book

    8 x 20 x 24 cm

  • Untitled

    Robert Hodgins

    Untitled, 2004

    ceramic ashtray with underglaze colour beneath transparent stoneware glaze, with book

    27 cm diameter

  • A Certain Smile

    Robert Hodgins

    A Certain Smile, 2007

    ceramic plate with underglaze colour beneath transparent stoneware glaze, with book

    33 cm diameter

  • Fayyum Head

    Robert Hodgins

    Fayyum Head, 2006

    ceramic plate with underglaze colour beneath transparent stoneware glaze

    29.5 cm diameter

  • Man With Smug Armchair

    Robert Hodgins

    Man With Smug Armchair, 2007/08

    Oil Over Charcoal

    90 x 90 cm

  • Play Softly till I end my song

    Robert Hodgins

    Play Softly till I end my song, 2002/3

    oil on canvas

    60 x 80 cm

  • Blue Jersey

    Robert Hodgins

    Blue Jersey, 2002

    oil on canvas

    61 x 61 cm

  • Waiting For The Boss (Tootsie's)

    Robert Hodgins

    Waiting For The Boss (Tootsie's), 1994

    Lithograph

    42 x 28cm

    Edition of 15

  • I used to pose for Herr Otto Dix

    Robert Hodgins

    I used to pose for Herr Otto Dix, 2009

    Monotype

    76.3x 56 cm

  • Office II

    Robert Hodgins

    Office II, 2007

    Etching

    67 x 46cm

    Edition of 10

  • Full Camouflage

    Robert Hodgins

    Full Camouflage, 2009

    Lithograph

    76 x 56.5 cm

    Edition of 3

  • Factory Worker

    Robert Hodgins

    Factory Worker , 2010

    Oil on canvas (unsigned, certificate from Estate)

    60 x 60 cm

  • Left Out of Making Love in the Shadows

    Robert Hodgins

    Left Out of Making Love in the Shadows, 2009

    Oil on canvas ( unsigned, certificate from Estate)

    90 x 120cm

  • God is Love

    God is Love, 2009

    Oil and stencilled spray-paint on canvas (signed only by Jan Neethling, certificate from Hodgins Estate)

    90 x 120 cm

  • Woman Seated Backwards, with Empty Chair

    Robert Hodgins

    Woman Seated Backwards, with Empty Chair, 2010

    Oil on canvas (unsigned, certificate from Estate)

    60 x 60cm

  • La Contessa Venemosa

    Robert Hodgins

    La Contessa Venemosa, 2003

    Lithograph

    57 x 65 cm / 57 x 65cm

    Edition of 60

  • Installation picture [Robert Hodgins / Looking Back / 2013]