A Bigger Picture – David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts

David Hockney reminds me of my GCSE art days, my friend Nicola chose to do a project on his work and I noted how the cool blues and greens were a complete contrast to the golden tones of the Gustav Klimt works I chose to work on. My younger creative days have probably played a part in my quest to be more cultured this year and take advantage of the numerous art exhibitions London has to offer.

The decision to get a ticket to Hockney’s exhibition ‘A Bigger Picture’ at the Royal Academy of Arts was thus a simple one. It’s received a lot of positive press coverage and I was intrigued about his iPad art as I’m shamelessly addicted to mine. This mixed with my nostalgic tendencies made for an exciting highlight last week.

Despite my artistic past, I have a much stronger interest in photography so I won’t be able to give an artistic or detailed review of this exhibition, more a simple everyman view. Overall, I thought it highlighted the variation of his work between countries, style and media which I’d not seen before. My favourite painting was ‘The road to York through Sledmere’, for its colourful sharpness, my favourite section, ‘The Tunnels’ as I’m a bit of a daydreamer and like it’s endlessness.

From: http://www.hockneypictures.com/works_paintings.php

I was impressed by the iPad art, if I hadn’t have read the blurb and inspected them close up I wouldn’t have realised it was digitally created! The range of media in this exhibition is interesting. As you approach the end you’re also lured into a film screening, which at first I thought was a bit dull but a few minutes in I was hypnotised and it brings the exhibition nicely together.

My only disappointment was the fact that it didn’t include anything I remembered from my past due to the exhibition focusing mainly on his Yorkshire landscapes, rather than the cool Californian pictures I first saw.

From: http://www.hockneypictures.com/works_paintings_60_19.php

Anyone who’s interested in art, or has an interest new media art like the iPad, get yourself a ticket. As prices go it’s towards the more expensive end at £15 each (plus booking), but if you go when it’s quieter (it’s now open till midnight!) you can leisurely take it all in and get your value for money.

I’d be intrigued to hear what other people have thought of it so far!

In the meantime I might check out what I can create on my iPad, maybe relive my days as an ‘artist’…