Frances Hodgkins: A New Zealand Modernist

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Frances Hodgkins birth, Jonathan Grant Galleries curated a selection of works, dating from 1893 – 1945, by the esteemed expatriate artist. The exhibition, A New Zealand Modernist, featured 14 works for sale and an extensively researched exhibition catalogue, written by Jonathan Gooderham & Richard Wolfe.

Frances Mary Hodgkins (1869-1947) is regarded as one of New Zealand’s leading expatriate artists. Her works capture the spirit of an era greatly influenced by Impressionism and the beginnings of en plein air painting, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism and two World Wars. With a professional life that spanned fifty-six years, Hodgkins was one of the foremost artists of her generation. During her time in Britain she became one of the leaders of the English avant-garde movement. She travelled extensively and evolved her style from impressionistic watercolours to striking twentieth-century modernist paintings.


Jonathan Grant Galleries| Frances Hodgkins: A New Zealand Modernist | Thursday 30 May - Monday 24 June 2019

— Admission Free
— Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 5.30pm
— Saturday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
— Sunday: 11.00am - 4.00pm

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Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys at the Auckland Art Gallery

Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys is the culmination of a significant international project to bring together artworks from New Zealand and around the globe to explore the artist’s place in 20th-century art. The exhibition traces Frances Hodgkins’ creative and peripatetic life through France, Morocco and Spain to her final days in England, examining the influence of location on her development as a modernist painter and the notion of travel and journeying as a source of artistic inspiration.

Exhibition curator and Auckland Art Gallery Senior Curator, International Art, Mary Kisler says the exhibition is the result of almost a decade-long research project that saw her retracing Hodgkins’ extensive journeys throughout Europe.

‘Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys will allow visitors to see what Hodgkins saw, and to understand how place influenced the way she painted. We’ll also share Hodgkins’ artistic development over time, beginning as an avid and excited young artist through to her later life, when she created the best work of her career.
— Mary Kisler


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki | Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys | Saturday 4 May to Sunday 1 September 2019

— New Zealand residents $14
— New Zealand concessions $12
— Members and Members Guests FREE (with valid Members card)
— Children 12 & under FREE
— International adults (includes Gallery entry) $28
— International concessions (includes Gallery entry) $25

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Frances Hodgkins, People

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The exhibition, Frances Hodgkins: People, curated by Dr. Pamela Gerrish Nunn explores works by Hodgkins that depicted people; from portraits of friends to busy market scenes.


New Zealand Portrait Gallery
Frances Hodgkins: People
— 16 November 2017 — 14 February 2018
— Admission Free


New Zealand Portrait Gallery - Main Gallery
— 18 November 2017
— 12.30 — 1.30pm
— Admission Free


200 Years of Design: Frances Hodgkins on display alongside work by Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry,  Mad Kid’s Bedroom Wall Pot

Grayson Perry, Mad Kid’s Bedroom Wall Pot

A vase by Grayson Perry was the highlight of a new display at Portsmouth Museum covering 200 years of design. 

It was the first time that work by the well-known potter, who graduated from Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1982, had been on show at the museum. 

The exhibition, called Rediscovery: the Decorative Arts in Portsmouth, also featured works from the museum's own collection, including some rarely on view or never shown in public before. It covered design in ceramics, furniture, textiles, decorative tiles, embroidery, sculpture, illustrations, glass and art, including some of the finest examples in Britain. 

Significant periods in British design were represented, including the Gothic Revival, the Arts and Crafts movement, the Bloomsbury Group and studio pottery. Artists, designers and craft-makers featured include Vanessa Bell, Dora Carrington, Hans Coper, William De Morgan, Christopher Dresser, Duncan Grant, Frances Hodgkins, Owen Jones, Bernard Leach, Wyndham Lewis, AWN Pugin and Lucie Rie. Influential British manufacturers also feature, including Maw and Co, Martin Brothers, Minton, Pilkington, Royal Doulton and Wedgwood. 

Cllr Linda Symes, Portsmouth City Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "This is a very impressive collection, and it will be wonderful to see these fine objects all in one place. And of course, it's great to have a work by Grayson Perry, who did his fine art degree in the city." 

The Grayson Perry vase, Mad Kid’s Bedroom Wall Pot, was on loan from the Crafts Council. The rest of the items will be on permanent display." — Portsmouth News


Portsmouth Museum: Decorative Arts Gallery
Rediscovery: the Decorative Arts in Portsmouth
— On display from 21 October 2017
— Admission Free

Hodgkins Exhibition to Showcase her Early Works

Frances Hodgkins  San Remo Market,  1902 Watercolour • Private Collection

Frances Hodgkins San Remo Market, 1902
Watercolour • Private Collection

An Emerging Talent: Early Works by Frances Hodgkins
opened at Mahara Gallery on Saturday 8 April at 5pm. Guest curator Victoria Robson (Curator of European Art at Te Papa) and Les Holborow (Chairman of the Mahara Gallery Trust) was present.

To celebrate Hodgkins' birthday on Friday 28 April, Victoria Robson gave a talk in the gallery at 11am.


An Emerging Talent: Early Works by Frances Hodgkins
9 April — 4 June
— Opening Saturday 8 April at 5pm
— Curator's Talk Friday 28 April at 11am


Painting Last Shown in 1959 at the Centre of Frances Hodgkins Exhibition

Last weekend we paid a visit to the Auckland Art Gallery to view Space to Dream: Recent Art From South America - which we highly recommend. Among the Gallery's other intriguing collections is an exhibition dedicated to the "forgotten" still-lifes of Frances Hodgkins.

The exhibition includes oils, watercolours, gouaches and drawings, predominantly of flowers and pottery. Also on display are several photographs of the artist as well as paints and painting utensils. A point of interest is the "texture wall" which allows you to touch a range of surfaces which demonstrate the different techniques, treatments and finishes Hodgkins applied to her paintings. 

The exhibition runs until the end of the month so do not miss your chance to view this excellent collection. 


Auckland Art Gallery | Frances Hodgkins: Forgotten Still Life | Closes Sunday 31 July 2016

Learn about the working practices of one of New Zealand's most influential artists, Frances Hodgkins, in this revealing exhibition focusing on her unique and adept approach to still-life painting. 

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Still life: Anemones and Hyacinths c1925

Oil on canvas, 60.9 x 50.8 cm

At the exhibition's centre is 'Still Life: Anemones and Hyacinths c1925', which was last shown in 1959 and has recently undergone extensive restoration. Read more about this conservation project in the New Zealand Herald.

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