Exhibition: David Hockney at Tate Britain


“Some people see my work as a bit bitty, but I think there’s a continuity to it.” The hotly anticipated David Hockney retrospective is now open at London’s Tate Britain, tracing the artist’s vibrant 60-year oeuvre.

Though the British artist is best-known for iconic paintings including Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, 1970-71, and Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),1972, the exhibition sheds light on Hockney’s more recent drawings, photographs, films and printed works, which are a true joy to behold.

David Hockney was born in 1937 in Yorkshire. A key player of the 1960s Pop Art movement, Hockney is considered to be one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. The artist relocated to LA in 1964, which triggered perhaps his most famous series of poolside paintings, which included Peter Getting out of Nick's Pool, 1966, and A Bigger Splash, 1967. When the artist started a relationship with Gregory Evans in 1974, he received an onslaught of attention in the media which he completely disregarded. Hockney’s open and liberated attitude to his sexuality is reflected in some of his greatest works.

What’s clear from the works on show is how much the artist has evolved to experiment with different styles - though his love of bright, bold colours and touching depiction of human personality are thankfully constants.

On a grey February day, this rainbow riot of unforgettable works is not to be missed.

David Hockney runs at Tate Britain until May 29th.