David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away)

David Hockney has a history of pushing the frontiers of art. His most recent piece, a large-scale projection in a spectacular new location, takes us on a personal journey through his works spanning sixty years. We are able to study the growth of his creative process and gain insight into how he developed his incredible body of work through this one-of-a-kind experience. Hockney takes us on a trip through time, explaining how he was able to paint such beautiful and dramatic works that have captivated audiences all around the world.

Lightroom’s vast walls and revolutionary sound system allow us to experience the world through Hockney’s eyes. This major event is held at the Lightroom near King’s Cross station until 4th June. Tickets are found here.

His longstanding passion with the potential of modern technology comes to life in an exhibition that urges us to gaze closer, more genuinely, and joyfully.

Hockney discloses his approach in a cycle of six themed segments, backed by a soundtrack specifically composed by Nico Muhly and comments by the artist himself. We can hear his voice as we see him play with perspective, “draw with a camera,” capture the passage of time in his polaroid collages, and capture the delight of spring on his iPad.

David Hockney is a British artist who was born in 1937 in Bradford, England. He is widely considered as one of Britain’s top modern painters, with a very successful creative career spanning six decades.

From 1953 to 1957, Hockney attended the Bradford School of Art, then from 1959 to 1962, he studied at the Royal College of Art in London. He worked with a variety of creative media during his career, including painting, sketching, printing, photography, and digital art.

Hockney’s paintings are noted for their bright colours and depictions of topics such as nature, landscape, the human form, and urban life. Swimming pools painted in the 1960s and 1970s, images of the wild West Yorkshire where he grew up, and a series of portraits of friends and acquaintances are among his most recognised works.

Hockney was also a pioneer in digital photography and digital art, experimenting with techniques such as creating artwork on iPhones and iPads.

“David Hockney: A Larger Picture” at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2012 and “David Hockney” at the Center Pompidou in Paris in 2017 are two of Hockney’s most significant exhibits.

Hockney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2020, making him Sir David Hockney.

David Hockney’s life and work have been the topic of countless publications and films. His work has impacted many modern artists, and his legacy lives on in today’s artistic society.

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