Seventy six year old John Hoyland who worked in an abstract idiom all his life excited me more the older he got. I loved his colour. When he started out in the Sixties breaking ground in art he quickly came up against his critics. He had a vision and he stuck with it. I saw a beautiful show of his paintings in Cork Street in the past two years. I considered many of the works in the exhibition among the best he had ever done. The forest of great inspirational painters is thinning in these islands with the deaths of Lucian Freud, Craigie Aitchison, William Crozier, TP Flanagan and now John Hoyland. There will be quite a conversation where those guys gather.