Admittedly, the link between art and living ethically is a little dubious, Hence why I decided to categorise this post as ‘Random’.
I visited Burlington House, home of the Royal Academy of Arts near Piccadilly on Friday, to see David Hockney’s exhibition, entitled ‘A Bigger Picture’. You may recognise perhaps his most famous work, ‘A Bigger Splash’ below:
However, this exhibition did not have this piece of work, because all of the artwork was of landscapes. It was very popular; I had to queue outside for 20 minutes (if you do wish to visit this exhibition, I’d recommend that you visit either early in the morning, or late at night- I think the gallery closes at midnight on weekends!). Many of his landscape works were inspired by the East Yorkshire landscape, where he grew up. Some of the paintings are very large, and were created especially for the galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts. I would highly recommend this exhibition of over 150 works. I loved how brightly coloured many of his paintings were, The exhibition really lifted my spirits and made me nostalgic for the beauty of Spring and Summer!
Above: Pearblossom Highway by David Hockney. This is photocollage, and the artist is experimenting with cubism. It makes the scene seem very surreal and fragmented. In real life, this piece of work was much larger, and the litter really stood out when you were standing next to the piece.
Above: Winter Timber, 2009. What I love about this painting is how bright it is, even though it is depicting winter. If you click on the image above, you will see it on a larger scale. It was enormous in real life!
Above: Arrival of Spring in Woldgate. This is perhaps my favourite painting in the exhibition. It really is a celebration of spring. Click on it to see a larger image, because this small one doesn’t do it justice!
Above: David Hockney and his painting. This gives you some idea of how big it is.
Above: Salts Mill. I really liked this painting because the mill looked like a giant gold bar. It is as if the artist is idolizing the mill. On the other hand, it could be the case that the mill is profiting massively, hence is coloured gold, whereas the mill workers (who presumably live in the small, dull, matchbox terrace houses) are poor. You can also click on the image to see it larger.
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