[by Tanja] London is the place to be and even more so with a must-see expo. David Hockney is calling.
Still frustrated about missing his last exhibition ‘A bigger picture’ in 2013, this was not about to happen again with the largest retrospective ever of this Yorkshire artist. Reason enough for a 24h visit of this vivid metropole.
Tate Britain London honors Hockney for his 80th birthday (July) with this spectacular tribute. I am truly a great admirer of his work. Not too surprising, being an illustrator myself. So let’s take a long, long look from up close.
David Hockney, man of colours
I fell in love with Hockney after seeing the fantastic tv documentary ‘The bigger picture’ (2011). Capturing the period of three years when he leaves California to return to his native Yorkshire. An intelligent and quirky man who immediately appealed to me with his colorful paintings and his typical sense of British humor. It is safe to say that he is one of the most popular and influential British artists of the 20th century.
The exhibition in Tate Britain gathers an extensive selection of David Hockney’s most famous works. Celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video covers as many as six decades.
A major part of his work is illustrative and water – swimming pools in particular – is a recurrent theme. Hockney’s work stands out because of his use of vibrant colours
Age is just a number
Tate’s lead curator in modern British art, Chris Stephens, says that Hockney has “an amazing imagination and love of life” and that his paintings are “brilliantly-coloured and affirmative”.
Hockney is still painting and despite the fact that he approaches his 80th birthday, he continues to change his style and ways of working. Embracing new technologies as he goes. From portraits and images of Los Angeles’ swimming pools, from drawings and photography to Yorkshire landscapes. This exhibition clearly shows that in also his most recent paintings – some of which have never be seen before in public – the roots of each new direction lay in the work that came before.
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these unforgettable works together. You have one month left, until May 29. If you have a chance, go and I’m sure that you love this expo just as much as I did. See now or regret later.
Tate Britain Museum London book tickets online
Ps. A girl gotta eat as well: from Tate Britain it takes a lovely half hour walk along The Thames to end up at restaurant The Ivy. With its classic and cosy interior, has been a firm fixture on London’s dining and social scene since its foundation in 1917. Lunchtime!