David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life // Royal Academy of Arts

David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life // Royal Academy of Arts

.jusqu'au 02 Oct. 2016

David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life
Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House, Piccadilly
London, W1J 0BD

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www.royalacademy.org.uk

David Hockney revient à la Royal Academy of Arts de Londres avec une nouvelle série d'oeuvres. Il s'attaque au thème du Portrait avec une nouvelle vigueur créative, offrant un aperçu intime du monde de l'Art de Los Angeles et des gens qui ont croisé son chemin au cours des deux dernières années comme John Baldessari ou Larry Gagosian...


David Hockney RA, Rufus Hale, 23rd, 24th, 25th November, 2015 - Acrylic on canvas. 121.9 x 91.4 cm. © David Hockney Photo credit: Richard Schmidt.



David Hockney RA, John Baldessari, 13th, 16th December, 2013 - Acrylic on canvas. 121.9 x 91.4 cm. © David Hockney Photo credit: Richard Schmidt.
David Hockney RA, Rufus Hale, 23rd, 24th, 25th November, 2015

Acrylic on canvas. 121.9 x 91.4 cm. © David Hockney Photo credit: Richard Schmidt
David Hockney RA, John Baldessari, 13th, 16th December, 2013

Acrylic on canvas. 121.9 x 91.4 cm. © David Hockney Photo credit: Richard Schmidt

After his monumental landscape exhibition burst to life in our Main Galleries in 2012, Hockney turned away from painting and from his Yorkshire home, returning to Los Angeles. Slowly he began to return to the quiet contemplation of portraiture, beginning with a depiction of his studio manager. Over the months that followed, he became absorbed by the genre and invited sitters from all areas of his life into his studio.

His subjects – all friends, family and acquaintances – include office staff, fellow artists, curators and gallerists such as John Baldessari and Larry Gagosian. Each work is the same size, showing his sitter in the same chair, against the same vivid blue background and all were painted in the same time frame of three days. Yet Hockney’s virtuoso paint handling allows their differing personalities to leap off the canvas with warmth and immediacy.