Mr and Mrs E.J.P. is a painting by British artist Howard Hodgkin, created between 1969-1973. Commissioned by the subject of the painting, Mr E.J. Power, it is one of four portraits depicting him and his wife. The oil on wood painting measures 35 1/2 x 48 inches and features Hodgkin’s signature technique of incorporating a painted frame into the picture-space.
Hodgkin was known for his use of bright colors and bold brushstrokes to create a sense of depth and emotion in his paintings. In Mr and Mrs E.J.P., he uses a warm color palette with shades of orange, yellow, and red to convey a sense of intimacy between the couple.
The title refers to Stephen Buckley and his wife, who were close friends with Power at the time the commission was made. Although Hodgkin never intended for his paintings to be literal portraits, Mr and Mrs E.J.P. captures the essence of Buckley’s relationship with his wife through its expressive brushstrokes and abstract form.
Overall, Mr and Mrs E.J.P., alongside Hodgkin’s other works, showcases his unique style which revolutionized contemporary art in the 20th century. Its combination of vibrant colors, unconventional framing techniques, and emotional depth make it an important piece not only in Hodgkin’s oeuvre but in modern art as well.