The Royal Academy of Arts in London is currently presenting the first major exhibition in the UK to showcase David Hockney’s landscape work. The show is open until April 2012.
First Image: Hockney, David, A Bigger Splash, 1967, Acrylic on canvas, 96 × 96 in (243.8 × 243.8 cm),Tate Gallery, London via “scorey-art.blogspot.com” :scorey-art.blogspot.com Second Image: Hockney, David, Mother I, Yorkshire Moors, August 1985 #1, 1985, Photographic collage, 18 1/2 × 13 in (47 × 33 cm), Collection David Hockney via “the artchive” :http://artchive.com/
David Hockney’s best known work is perhaps his ‘A Bigger Splash (above). Many of us Lomographers are probably familiar with his photo collages too however, the current exhibition at the Royal Academy in London consists of vivid paintings inspired by the Yorkshire landscape. Many are large in scale and created specifically for the exhibition.
David Hockney The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 2 January iPad drawing printed on paper 144.1 × 108 cm; one of a 52-part work Courtesy of the artist Copyright David Hockney. Image via: “Royal Academy of Arts” :www.royalacademy.org.uk
The works on display span fifty years of the artist’s career. The new body of work is placed in the context of Hockney’s extended exploration of landscape. Highlights of the exhibition include three groups of new work made since 2005 when Hockney returned to live in Bridlington. These works show an intense observation of surroundings in a variety of media.
First image: David Hockney, The Road Across the Wolds, 1997, Oil on canvas,121 × 152 cm, Private Collection, Copyright David Hockney, Photo credit: Steve Oliver. Second image: David Hockney, Winter Timber, 2009, Oil on 15 canvases, 274 × 609.6 cm, Private Collection, Copyright David Hockney, Photo credit: Jonathan Wilkinson Both images via: “Royal Academy of Arts” :www.royalacademy.org.uk
The exhibition reveals the artist’s emotional engagement with the landscape he knew in his youth, as he examines on a daily basis the changes in the seasons and variations in light conditions.
First image: David Hockney,The Big Hawthorne, 2008, Oil on 9 canvases, 275.5 × 366 cm, Courtesy of the Artist, Copyright David Hockney, Photo credit: Richard Schmidt. Second image: David Hockney, A Closer Winter Tunnel, February – March, 2006, Oil on 6 canvases, 182 × 365 cm, Collection Art Gallery of New South Wales. Purchased with funds provided by Geoff and Vicki Ainsworth, the Florence and William Crosby Bequest and the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation 2007 Copyright David Hockney / Collection of Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Photo credit: Richard Schmidt Both images via: “Royal Academy of Arts” :www.royalacademy.org.uk
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture has been organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne. On display from Saturday 21st January until Monday 9th April 2012 10am, 6pm daily. Admission is £14 (full price).
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