Approximately 200 pieces by Hockney will be displayed alongside selected works produced between 1956 and 2000 which evidence his tireless research into and fascination with the landscape.
Royal Academy Museum, London. Photo: EITB
Approximately 200 works of art of the noted British artist David Hockney will be on show between May 5th and September 9th 2012 at the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum. The exhibit, under the title of David Hockney: A Bigger Picture presents a group of recent works by the British artist that were inspired by the East Yorkshire landscape.
Most of the works of art displayed are large-format creations from the past six years and will be displayed alongside selected works produced between 1956 and 2000, which evidence Hockney's tireless research into and fascination with the landscape.
In the nine paintings of Woldgate Woods, the four large paintings of Three Trees Near Thixendale-each consisting of eight panels-and the series entitled Winter Timber and Hawthorne Blossom, Hockney celebrates the familiar landscapes of his Yorkshire childhood. In 1997 he returned home to embark on an indefatigable exploration of this scenery in each different season.
The freedom of painting en plein air and the use of conventional oils is palpable in these works, though Hockney obviously continues to use his camera as both a tool and a medium, which is why the show also includes new films shot with 9 and 18 digital cameras. The works in this exhibition will reveal Hockney's debt to the past, which he understands and studies extensively, as well as his insatiable fascination with new visual technologies and techniques.