Born in Sheffield, John Hoyland was one of Britain's leading abstract painters. He studied at Sheffield School of Art and at the Royal Academy. From the early 1960s onwards he achieved international recognition for a body of work that eliminates literal depiction of the observed world. He was appointed Professor of the Royal Academy Schools in 1999.
As well as this painting, there are several Hoyland prints in the collection. All can be viewed in Pathfoot G corridor.
There is an archive film on the BBC Iplayer featuring several artists including John Hoyland (at 3mins).
The film features another Art Collection artist Patrick Heron too.