David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture

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Royal Academy of Arts

Until Mon Apr 9 2012

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David Hockney, Woldgate Woods, 21, 23 & 29 November 2006 Courtesy of the Artist, Copyright David Hockney, Photo Credit Richard Schmidt

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Great spread of prolific work. But....rammed (8.30 on a thursday) to the point of it being uncomfortable. Couldn't really see many of the pics.. Perhaps reviewers should go along on a public night?..get the whole picture, or in this case, half of the picture obscured by hundreds of other people ; )

Anne Counsell

fabulous love ,im smtmim w u cambridge love to be the next headmaster views like that tunnel are scrumtious and so ethereal ammc andi


A breath of Yorkshire air! These days it seems daring and innovative for a famous working artist to personally paint or draw attractive subjects with mass appeal as opposed to just directing others to manufacture obtuse installations contrived to shock. It is easy to simply like these paintings of the countryside; but there is more going on than them just being pretty. The exhibition gives a sense of how this latest phase of work is connected to what preceeded it and how Hockney continues to explore and experiment with ways of representing what he sees. The interconnected sight-lines of the gallery provide teasers for what is round the corner literally and figuratively, and reminders of the path to the set of pictures you are currently standing amongst. See it while you still can!


Wonderful exhibition that completly engulfs you. from room to room you find mildly varying subjects that instead change with the season or the media in which they are portrayed. The result is a magnificent display of art that shows how much of a genius Hockney is, and a subject depth that you will rarely see. One of the best exhibitions I have ever seen and more than worth a look.


Some beautiful things but the monstrously large orange, green and purple landscapes with giant spaghetti are quite ugly. And the sermons on the mount. And the hawthorne paintings, like congealed white puddings. The I-pad ones are lovely, and the photo collage of the Grand Canyon, as well as many of the smaller paintings, and the sketchbooks. But the garish monster ones kept punching me painfully in the eyes. Hot, stuffy, packed exhibition -- if you suffer from even mild claustrophobia it's not worth the effort.


I loved the way he placed everything with so much care to detail. I loved the vastness and his joy for life which really comes through in everything he does. He speaks on the audio roar as well. I just want to move in to the royal academy and live in this installation- and then maybe i would become performance art!


I smiled almost all the way around this exhibition, thankyou Mr Hockney. Wonderful lush greens, soft hills, pops of campion, silhouettes and froths of cow parsley in quiet secret peaceful places. I am a little bias having spent a good deal of my life living in and constantly revisiting our chalky wolds but thoroughly recommend a view to all. A little uncertain about the sermon on the mount and sorry but your mayflowers didn't work for me, however in the 'bigger picture' it was great, I felt hugged by the hugeness of it all.


I went in to the exhibition rather indifferent to Hockney but ended it a massive fan. It was such a colourful, uplifting show - an unpretentious, uncynical celebration of the English countryside. The rooms dedicated a single theme made a huge impact, and were a pleasure to be immersed in. My only criticisms would be that there's SO MANY pieces on show - the ones of America and people at the end felt a bit unnecessary.


Really worth seeing. But I recommend starting at the video room towards the end of the exhibition, checking out the moving images across a whole wall first, then the sketchbooks and ipads and then retracing one's steps to the other rooms. Cumulatively the work here grows on you. My favourite room was the seasonal panorama with prints made from ipad images and the Yosemite prints also generated from ipad. What a wonderful draftsman Hockney is and a wonderful colourist too.