The seed (from the Bodford Terrace Suite)
Darling Harbour 1

Born Sydney, Australia 1919, died Sydney, 2001


Frank Hodgkinson was a prodigious artist, whose practice encompassed painting, illustration, sculpture, design and writing. He trained in Sydney at the Royal Art Society School under Sydney Long, and at the Dattilo-Rubbo school (1936–38). This was followed by studies at the Central School of Arts and Craft, London (1947–48), and the Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris (1948–50).

Hodgkinson’s style encompassed colourful abstracts with partially defined shapes and finely drawn illustrations. From the late 1970s until 1986 his work had looked inland towards Arnhem Land, but in 1986 came a change in his focus, as seen in Darling Harbour 1. He recorded in his diary ‘Like painting, the sea presents a surface: elements float on it and recede in depth. The sea is at one time the substance and the mirror of nature, reflecting each atmospheric whim’.1

The views around Sydney, particularly the harbour, provided him with new inspiration and the resulting works were exhibited in 1987 and 1988 in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.

Throughout the 1960s Hodgkinson exhibited in Barcelona, Madrid, London, New York, Los Angeles and Australia. He won the Helena Rubinstein travelling scholarship in 1958 and was artist-in-residence at the Papua New Guinea National Art School (1977). His work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, and several regional gallery and university collections.


1 Lou Klepac, Frank Hodgkinson, The Beagle Press, Sydney, 1994, p. 100.