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EJAF Reacts to Passing of Abstract Artist

Written by Chief Editor.

On March 9th, Sir Howard Hodgkin died at a London hospital.
 
The Elton John AIDS Foundation has a released a statement, saying they are deeply saddened by the loss of the ''extraordinary British artist and Turner Prize winner.
 
''Sir Howard began collaborating with the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 2003, when he created a limited edition set of prints inspired by the foundation's mission to fight the global AIDS epidemic. His support has helped us reach thousands of people living with or at risk of HIV which, alongside his reputation as one of Britain's greatest contemporary artists, serves as a memorial to his compassion and humanity.''
 
Paul Moorhouse, 20th Century curator at the National Portrait Gallery, said: "Howard is probably one of the truly great British artists of the last 60 years - a really distinctive voice, someone with his own artistic identity, someone who has really extended our understanding of the way artists represent the world."

His death comes days before the National Portrait Gallery opens the first exhibition of portraits by the artist (running from March 23-June 18). Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends consists more than 50 works, dating from 1949 to the present. His portraits include those of fellow artists David Hockney and Patrick Caulfield.