This past weekend 'David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture' opened at the Royal Academy in London. This show is reported to be London's biggest blockbuster exhibition of the year- already selling out all advanced tickets for the next three months.
The show brings together a collection of british landscape works that Hockney create upon returning from his extended stay in California. A mixture of traditional technique is juxtaposed against the highly anticipated 'iPad paintings' Hockney created using special software and an iPad.
From the Royal Academy:
In January 2012 the Royal Academy of Arts presents 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 reveasl 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.