Exploring David Hockney’s six decades of remarkable creative career, this exhibition focuses on the artist’s work processes and his exploration of a diverse range of media.
Considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, Hockney is recognized as an important contributor to the 1960s pop art movement. This exhibition wants to shed light on his ways of working. Hockney has ingeniously explored a broad range of media, from painting techniques, draughtsmanship and printmaking skills, to photography, designs for the stage and digital technologies such as the iPad, Photoshop and inkjet processes.
Tracing the artist’s practice, the display looks at the ways he works in each of these media, one of the highlights being a look at his methods of printmaking, which cover a variety of different techniques. There’s also paintings that present examples of the artist working in oil, acrylic and emulsion paint, dating from the 1950s to more recent works. The artist’s highly-recognisable photographic “joiner” collages also feature, alongside drawings in watercolour, coloured chalks, pencil and ink, and digital illustrations on the iPad.
The show includes photographs of Hockney working in his studio, with some images relating to specific works in the exhibition. In addition, it introduces a never-seen-before 14-page letter where Hockney himself describes his work processes.