Tracing the parallel paths of these key figures of post-war British painting, this exhibition brings together 45 works, many of which have not been seen publicly for decades.
In 1958, Alan Davie had his first solo exhibition at Wakefield Art Gallery, which went on to tour nationally and launched Davie’s career. A young attendee at the Wakefield exhibition was David Hockney, then a student at Bradford College of Art.
The exhibition was a pivotal influence on Hockney’s artistic development and shortly after this visit, Hockney moved to London to take up a place at the Royal College of Art. Here he discarded, as Davie had, realist figurative painting in favour of colourful, gestural works that combined abstraction with coded text and symbolism.
Alan Davie & David Hockney: Early Works reveals the creative convergences and shared themes of passion, poetry and love between the two artists as their works of art evolved from figuration to abstraction. Set within the context of 1960s counterculture and the popularisation of art through diverse new forms of media, the exhibition will present an exciting moment in British art and the emergence of a radical new art world.