David Hockney: Early Reflections
11 October 2013 – 16 March 2014
A unique selection of paintings and prints charting the early development of this iconic British artist.
This unique exhibition explores David Hockney’s early work, including paintings from the Walker Art Gallery’s own collection – most notably, Peter Getting out of Nick's Pool (see image), which won the John Moores Painting Prize in 1967.
Early Reflections provides an insight into Hockney’s creative development between 1960 and 1978, including his move, in 1964, to glamorous, sun-drenched Los Angeles. The exhibition is split into four categories – In the Mood for Love, Picturing Poetry, On Reflection and Familiar Faces – covering some of Hockney’s enduring interests and themes: homosexuality, poetry, water and portraiture.
David Hockney is one of the most influential and popular artists of the 20th century. Born in Bradford in 1937, his reputation was established while he was still a student at the Royal College of Art. He is closely associated with southern California and Pop Art, but in recent years he relocated to Bridlington, Yorkshire, where he documents the rural landscape.
The exhibition is part of Liverpool’s Homotopia festival, which unites and regenerates communities through the production, promotion and commissioning of great art, heritage and culture.