British artist David Hockney, new film


This video says about itself:

DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS TRAILER

21 June 2017

A Bigger Picture 2012 & 82 Portraits and One Still Life 2016

David Hockney is Britain’s most popular artist and arguably equally popular around the globe. Now entering his 9th decade, he shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing any of his enthusiasm and verve. This intimate, revealing film focuses on this later work – essentially two major (and hugely successful) shows held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to the shows and has crafted a film that, while simple in structure, is multi-layered in offering a wonderful exploration of this master of creativity.

On 7 October 2017, I went to see this new documentary film.

David Hockney was born in 1937 in Yorkshire, England, but lived much of his life in the USA.

He was active in the Pop Art movement.

In the early twenty-first century, he returned to Yorkshire. Based in a studio in Bridlington, he painted landscapes of Yorkshire, what he had never really done before. He used iPad technology for some of the paintings. This work was exhibited in the 2012 A Bigger Picture exhibition in London; the subject of the first part of the film.

Hockney returned to Los Angeles in the USA. There, he painted the ’82 Portraits and One Still Life’ of the 2016 London exhibition; the subject of the second part of the film.

David Hockney, Fruit on a bench

Fruit on a bench is the one still life of the 2016 exhibition.

Hockney made the portraits during three-day sessions. All people sat on the same chair with the same background; but they decided what clothes they wore, how to sit on the chair, etc. So, the portraits show both what they had in common and in what ways they differed as individuals. Portraits are often of rich people paying for them. But in this, more ‘democratic’ case, the people posing, rich or poor, all paid nothing and Hockney spent the same three days on all of them.

In interviews, part of the film, Hockney speaks, eg, on artists like Rembrandt who have influenced him.

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