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Sir Howard Hodgkin: 'Death is hovering in the distance'

Abstract painter and print-maker Sir Howard Hodgkin has a new exhibition opening at the Alan Cristea Gallery in London.

In a rare interview, he told the BBC's Razia Iqbal how he has always been uncertain about his reputation and being taken seriously as an artist - what he describes as a "skeleton in the cupboard".

Sir Howard, who ran away from school because he wanted to be an artist, is now looking towards the end of his life.

"Death is always hovering in the distance," he said. "I want to get out as much as I can."

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