Hodgkin was one of Britain’s most celebrated contemporary painters and printmakers. His work evoked an aesthetic that had a broad appeal and his overlays and experimental, innovative manner of applying paint and making prints made him a much-loved artist. 
Hodgkin's style of painting at first appears to be abstract but is, in fact, subjective and his paintings are often based on combinations between people and their surroundings. He travelled extensively across the Atlantic and also to India, which was an important source of inspiration. 
In 1984 he had an exhibition Forty Paintings 1973-1984 in the British Pavilion of the Venice Biennale which bought him international fame and in 1985 he won the Turner Prize. Hodgkin was knighted in 1992.