Poster; Highgate Ponds, by Howard Hodgkin, 1989
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1989
Collection : Posters
Reference number : 1999/43124
H 509mm, W 339mm
Reproduced in :
London Transport Posters. A Century of Art and Design, edited by David Bownes and Oliver Green, Lund Humphries, 2008
London Underground Ltd : 1989
Art on the Underground
Content text :
Highgate Ponds Nearest stations: Hampstead, Highgate Highgate Pond by Howard Hodgkin A new work of art commissioned by London Underground
Additional information :
London Underground commissioned this poster in 1989 as part of 'Art on the Underground'. The campaign was launched in 1986 to encourage an artistic rather than a commercial approach to poster design.
The striking design by Howard Hodgkin was the first in the series to take the image right to the borders. Similarly Hodgkin often painted over the frame of his pictures.
Hodgkin's bold compositions are never quite abstract. He created identifiable textures and used representational colour to construct what he described as 'representational pictures of emotional situations'.
In this painting, which promotes Highgate Ponds, hints of the water's surface, lilly pads, blue skies and even a Union Jack, convey a nostalgic memory of the British outdoors.