One of Britains leading abstract artists, John Hoyland (1934-2011) was born to working class roots in Sheffield, attending Sheffield College of Art then on to the Royal Academy Schools in London. He remained London based and a bursary to visit New York in 1964 led to meeting Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman and visiting their studios. Inspired, his work led to solo exhbitions at leading London galleries in the 60s, 70s and 80s. He also showed his work in New York galleries in the 60s and 70s. His work is held in private and public collections including the Tate.