David Hockney: From the Beginning

Exploring Hockney's formative years as an artist.

David Hockney, Untitled Study for a Painting, 1967 © David Hockne.y Photo: V&A Images

David Hockney, Untitled Study for a Painting, 1967

Focused on the period 1961-74 when Hockney was living in Los Angeles, this display illustrates the artist's transition from student to professional. It was during these years that he honed his distinctive aesthetic style, while also establishing the themes that would continue to preoccupy him throughout his career.

Drawing on loans from across the UK, the exhibition showcases examples of his work that feature love, water and people – most notably his swimming pool studies and the film, A Bigger Splash. It was during his time in LA that Hockney also began to use portraiture as a means by which to explore his homosexuality, as can be seen in We Two Boys Together Clinging, which he named after a poem by US favourite, Walt Whitman.

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Also on display are photographs of the artist shot by by Cecil Beaton and Dmitri Kasterine.

Venue details

River & Rowing Museum Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames Oxfordshire RG9 1BF 01491 415600 www.rrm.co.uk

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £11)

Daily, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 26, 31 Dec and 1 Jan