Venue: Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy of Arts big summer blockbuster is David Hockney’s latest collection – The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020. Arguably the world’s most high-profile living artist, and certainly the most important British artist of the 20th Century, Hockey has been living in Normandy in France since the start of the COVID pandemic with his partner Jean-Pierre Conclaves de Lima.
In this exhilarating new exhibition, he gives us his take on the arrival of Spring with 116 new works, ‘painted’ on an iPad before being printed onto paper.
Hockney has always played with technology, starting with making art with his iPhone in 2007, before adopting the iPad and Stylus in 2010. As Hockney himself notes: working on the iPad requires the ability to draw and paint. Each work – which has been printed far larger than the screen on which it was created – allows you to see every mark and stroke of the artist’s hand.
Made in the spring of 2020 around his home in Normandy in France, during a period of intense activity, this exhibition charts the unfolding of spring, from beginning to end, and is a joyous celebration of the seasons.Website & Booking
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