Sir Gordon Howard Eliot Hodgkin was born in London in 1932 and attended Camberwell School of Art and the Bath Academy of Art, Corsham . British painter and printmaker, his work is most often associated with abstraction. In 1984, he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale and in the following year won the Turner Prize. He has exhibited internationally for over four decades and his work is included in major public and private collections all over the world. In 2003 he was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as a Companion of Honour. A major exhibition of his work was mounted at Tate Britain, London, in 2006. Also in 2006, The Independent declared him one of the 100 most influential gay people in Britain, as his work helps many people express their emotions to others. Hodgkin’s work plays with the notion of “representational pictures of emotional situations,” and viewers delight exploring in the intense interactions of paint and surface. A brilliant colorist whose work lies between representation and abstraction, Hodgkin defies definitions.