Sat 13 September 2008, Financial Times

The Diary: Ekow Eshun

By Ekow Eshun
Sir Howard Hodgkin’s studio is a converted dairy around the corner from the British Museum. It is a vast white space with a high, pitched roof of translucent glass from which a diffuse light shifts across the room throughout the day. Hodgkin was away in the south of France when I rang the door bell there recently. I was secretly relieved when his assistant gave me the news. Earlier this year Hodgkin invited me to sit for a portrait. I was at the studio to see the result and nervous enough already without having to take into account the presence of the artist as well.