Royal Academy of Arts, London
21 January 2012 - 9 April 2012
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1
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www.royalacademy.org.uk

This show is the first major exhibition in the UK to showcase David Hockney’s landscape work. Vivid paintings inspired by Yorkshire landscape, many large in scale and created specifically for the exhibition, are shown alongside related drawings and films. Through a selection of works spanning fifty years, this new body of work is placed in the context of Hockney’s extended exploration of and fascination with landscape.

Highlights include three groups of new work made since 2005, when Hockney returned to live in Bridlington, showing an intense observation of his surroundings in a variety of media. The exhibition reveals the artist’s emotional engagement with the landscape he knew in his youth, as he examines on a daily basis the changes in the seasons, the cycle of growth and variations in light conditions. The exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through Hockney’s world.

The exhibition addresses the various approaches that David Hockney has taken towards the depiction of landscape throughout his career. Past works from national and international collections will include Rocky Mountains and Tired Indians, 1965 (Acrylic on Canvas), Garrowby Hill , 1998, (Oil on Canvas) and the ambitious (Oil on 60 Canvases) A Closer Grand Canyon, 1998. David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture will also highlight the artist’s vast knowledge and research of the old masters and their techniques.