For my Birthday I spoilt by friends and family and had a truly lovely long weekend. One such spoiling was from my good friend Chrysta who whisked me to the Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy (courtesy of the Yorkshire Tourist board and Chrysta’s own Village Farm B&B).
It was busy and slightly crowded but oh-my-goodness was it good. The exhibition, A Bigger Picture is devoted to a single genre landscapes and specifically those around Bridlington, the small Yorkshire seaside town where Hockney lives (and just down the road from my friend Chrysta). The whole exhibition if filled with punchy colour with canvas after canvas of fields, hedgerows and trees.
There were literally hundreds of pictures to see and I can’t wait to go back again. It’s so awe-inspiring and clearly Hockney’s time in Los Angeles has been a big impact. Not just in terms of colour but also the subject of rolling hills and winding roads – something Yorkshire has in common with LA. There is also whole room filled with 50 large prints of his ipad artwork of Yorkshire – I really want to know what app that is.
My over whelming impression though is of grids. So many pictures are actually comprised of grouped canvas’ and others are hung as grids – such as his watercolours. Now I want to organise everything into grids and I mean everything….
Images above by Mary Middleton and Royal Academy