1919 – 2001
Frank Hodgkinson was born in Sydney in 1919. As a young man he worked as a lithographer’s apprentice, then as a commercial artist and illustrator for Sydney and Melbourne newspapers. The Second World War saw him in the Western Desert of North Africa with the Australian Imperial Forces, campaigning against the Vichy French in Syria and then in Papua New Guinea where he was mentioned in dispatches for conspicuous gallantry. Later, as official war artist, Hodgkinson recorded the landing of allied troops in Borneo.
After the war, Hodgkinson continued his art studies at London’s Central School of Art and in Paris at La Grand Chaumiere. From 1947 he lived and worked in Paris, Florence, Rome, Madrid, Majorca, the USA, Papua New Guinea and Australia. Solo exhibitions of his paintings have been staged in London, Madrid, New York, Los Angeles and throughout Australia. His work has appeared in salons in the Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris and at London’s Tate and Whitechapel Galleries.
From 1971 Hodgkinson became intensely involved with primordial landscapes and the world’s last frontiers. He undertook many journeys to the most remote areas of Papua New Guinea and the Kakadu area of Australia’s Arnhem Land. Hodgkinson had the ability to abstract his perceptions of the world and transform them into a dazzling mosaic of visual energy. The author Morris West, in his introduction to “Hodgkinson” (Beagle Press 1994) wrote, “Frank Hodgkinson is a prodigy. He is a man so various that he hardly gives you the time to focus on any single one talent. He is a painter, a sculptor, an architect, an author, a designer of habitats and ambiences”.
In 1999 Berkeley Editions published an important diptych limited edition print with Frank Hodgkinson, titled Maritime Totems I and Maritime Totems II.
National Gallery of Australia, ACT
Art Gallery of New South Wales, NSW
National Gallery of Victoria, Vic.
Queensland Art Gallery, Qld.
Art Gallery of Western Australia, WA
Art Gallery of South Australia, SA
Newcastle City Art Gallery, NSW
Australian War Memorial, ACT
University of New South Wales, NSW
Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, NT
National Museum and Art Gallery of Papua New Guinea
Flinders University, SA
Sydney University, NSW
University of Melbourne, Vic.
University of Western Australia, WA
Birmingham City Art Gallery, Birmingham
Mertz Collection, University of Texas, Texas
Anteneo de Madrid, Madrid