Julian and Alexis, 1977

Howard Hodgkin was one of Britain’s most important painters and printmakers. His prints are considered equal in importance to his paintings and often relate to memories and private experiences, without being overly illustrational. Even though Hodgkin was keen to keep the two mediums separate, the prints, usually overlaid with hand-colouring, have a very painterly feel. Julian and Alexis was the first print to be hand-coloured by the artist. With a few exceptions, all subsequent prints were hand-coloured by various printers working on Hodgkin’s editions.