London’s Royal Academy of Arts is bringing Britain’s gay superstar contemporary artist, David Hockney, into your lockdown homes by releasing their Hockney exhibition documentary online for free.
Originally released in cinemas, the David Hockney Exhibition on Screen film covers two landmark exhibitions at the RA, 2012’s A Bigger Picture, and 2016’s 82 Portraits and One Still-Life. Presented by former RA Artistic Director, Tim Marlow, the film explores the repeatedly reinvented creativity of David Hockney RA in his ninth decade.
Watch Exhibition on Screen here for free:
Hockney is perhaps best known to the public at large for his paintings of swimming pools, including A Bigger Splash and Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) that held the title for the highest price ever paid in auction for a painting by a living artist (selling for US$90.3 million).
Hockney himself has been isolating in Normandy, France, and producing more work – releasing a series of paintings made on his iPad.
The documentary is a fantastic look at the artist’s work, and his process, using a variety of mediums to explore the world around him. The vivid colours will definitely bring some life into all our confined spaces.
By Chad Armstrong