James Hoyle (American, born 1946)
Sunflowers in Pink Grasses, 2001
Oil on canvas
32 x 38 inches
Hoyleâ€™s work is expressionistic in nature and his use of color, the thick layering of his brush stokes (impasto) and composition, invites the viewer to share his adventure of excitement, joy and passion for landscapes. Hoyle began his training in art at the age of thirteen and gained some notoriety at that age. His formal training, at age eighteen, was at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. A naturalist painter, artist James Hoyle has always been inspired by the landscapes he has encountered on his many travels. After graduation from Ringling, Hoyle began to walk in the footsteps of the Impressionistic and Post Impressionistic artists that inspired him to paint. He traveled and painted in the French Quarter of New Orleans where Degas maintained a studio; Aries, France where Van Gogh painted; Giverny, Claude Monetâ€™s home, and Gauguinâ€™s Tahiti. Hoyleâ€™s migration to the Hawaiian Islands in the 1970s dramatically influenced his style. The tropical atmosphere of the landscape inspired Hoyle to use dramatic colors and to adopt brushwork of varying directions to provide strong movement and energy in his work. His love for the purity of image of the Hawaii of old is evident in his work. The beautiful landscapes are free of any evidence of modern society. On the Island of Hanapepe, Kauaâ€™l, Hoyle worked for seven years to paint weathered camp houses and work fields of plantations before they disappeared in the name of progress. This body of work provides some of the only existing visual records of what life was like before development changed the landscape of Kauaâ€™l forever.