Howard Hodgkin, born in London in 1932, is a British printmaker and painter. He studied at the Camberwell School of Art and the Bath Academy of Art. He began exhibiting seriously at the age of 30. Hodgkin has produced many prints over the years, with screen-printing and lithography dominating his works of the 60's and 70's, and etchings and aquatints being the focus of more recent work. Hodgkin is attracted to etching because of its ability to provide a greater emphasis on texture. To further create a layering effect in his prints, Hodgkin sometimes hand-colors the image after printing.
In 1984, Hodgkin represented Britain in the Venice Biennale, in 1985 he won the Turner Prize, and in 1992 he was knighted. Hodgkin taught for some years at the Charterhouse School, then the Bath Academy of Art, and finally the Chelsea School of Art. He continues to exhibit frequently. Hodgkin's work is in the collections of museums worldwide.