Tuesday Feb 28
David Hockney exhibition, Tate Britain:
The exhibition brought together an extensive selection of David Hockney’s most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades.Seated in a very comfortable smart lecture theatre we were delighted by our Tate lecturer guide, he gave us an insight into Hockneys private life and his work through the decades.As a young man Hockney featured in the exhibition ‘Young Contemporaries’ that announced the arrival of British Pop Art.Visiting California, David Hockney was inspired to make a series of paintings of swimming pools in a new acrylic medium. (Coming from the north of England it is not surprising that outdoor swimming pools fascinated him!)
Openly gay he explored the nature of gay love in his portraiture. The lecturer had talked about a period in David’s life his paintings reflecting his life style at that time . Never one to stand still Hockney began to produce photo collages called ‘joiners’ (polaroid snaps of a single subject).He also used the “ Quantel Paint Box “ a computer programme that allowed the artist to sketch directly onto the screen. He painted hundreds of portraits, still life and landscapes using the brushes iPhone and iPad application.David Hockney’s largest paintings ‘The Bigger Trees’ measure 15ft by 40ft, they were truly magnificent.Passing through the rooms of the exhibition, (which had been put together by David Hockney) was a wave of changing emotion, a life time of achievement.One in which we were lucky to see.
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