Sir Howard Hodgkin CBE is an English abstract painter and printmaker. Born in 1932 in London, Hodgkin was educated at the Camberwell Art School, and later at the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham. His paintings are generally small in scale, consciously conceived within the tradition of European easel painting. Hodgkin was always concerned to make the picture an object, and from 1970 he worked not on canvas but on assertive wooden supports, such as drawing boards or door frames. His paintings are characterized by their bright colours and semi-abstract bold forms. In 1984, Hodgkin represented Britain at the Venice Biennale, in 1985 he won the Turner Prize, and in 1992 he was knighted. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including restrospectives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and more recently at the Tate Gallery in London, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, and the Reina Sofia in Madrid. His work can be found in the collections of most major museums, including MOMA, New York; the Tate Gallery, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the British Museum, London; and the Carnegie Institute, Pennsylvania.