THOMAS SHERLOCK HODGSON, R.C.A.
mixed media on canvas
57.75 ins x 57.5 ins; 146.7 cms x 146.1 cms
“A Hodgson canvas seems to storm over us, filling our eyes with its swarm of apparently unrelated images... the strange colours are not only the result of a rather eccentric colour sense but also are the result of Hodgson's desire to break away from all traditional usage and create new worlds of space and light."
A master of mixed media techniques and materials, Thomas Sherlock Hodgson joined the Painters Eleven group at its founding in 1953. The Canadian collective of abstract artists is recognized for their contribution to abstract expressionism and their influence on the modern art market in Canada. One of the first members of the group to paint on large-scale canvases, Hodgson’s Untitled, 1977 is a mixed media action painting typical of the artist’s later career. Alive in colour, bold shapes and lines which seem to enter into the space of the viewer, Hodgson’s meticulous blending of grey and cream-coloured pigments creates a background from which the marvelous shapes and lines emerge.
Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Hodgson’s work has been exhibited in over 50 major solo and group exhibitions. He was a member of the Ontario Society of Artists (1954), the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (1954), the Canadian Group of Painters (1956), and an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy, where he exhibited from 1952 to 1966. His work is featured in many private, corporate and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Fulford, Robert. "A Survey of the Work of 24 Young Canadian Artists." Canadian Art Magazine XVIII.1. 1961.
Private Collection, Toronto