Author: Charlotte Bearn

David Hockney Unleashes His Major Tate Retrospective

Britain’s best-loved artist looks back on the past 60 years.

Tate Britain’s huge retrospective show of David Hockney has been receiving rave reviews and promises to be the UK’s most visited exhibition ever. The once-in-a-generation show offers an unprecedented overview of Hockney’s work in paint, drawing, photography and video, as Britain’s most celebrated artist approached his eightieth year.

Running until May 27th at Tate Britain, Westminster, ‘David Hockney’ brings together six decades of the artist’s work with many pieces that have never been displayed in public before. Alongside these obscure rarities are all of Hockney’s blockbuster pieces, including his hugely influential swimming pool paintings, created during the artist’s time in California.

The show also chronicles Hockney’s visits to his native Yorkshire, with the artist’s enormous landscape paintings inspired by the changing seasons near his birthplace of Bradford.  

The exhibition covers the full breadth of Hockney’s artistic practice, from small-scale, intimate works to vast, immersive canvases. As well as highlighting the artist’s embrace of technology to create art including his now iconic iPad drawings and ultra-high definition films, which play around with perspectives. Already garnering glowing reviews from highly regarded critics and several five-star rating, ‘Hockney’ promises to be the smash hit art exhibition of 2017 and an unmissable celebration of a true art-world icon and creative force of nature.

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Sweet Savage by Bonnie and Clyde

David Hockney’s enduring influence can be easily seen in our Brighton gallery with several of our most popular artist’s including Bonnie & Clyde, Maria Rivans and Dan Baldwin amongst others, citing his influence in their work and development of their practice. We’ve recently received in a very rare ‘Bigger Splash’ print by collage artist Nick Smith.

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 Nick Smith’s long sold out print pays homage to Hockney’s original painting produced in 1967, depicting a splash frozen in time in a fictional Californian swimming pool. Hockney never specified a location for the pool, so Smith has speculated the location by annotating each of the colour chips with the name of a different California town or district.

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