This is the first major exhibition of David Hockney’s landscape works. It will feature a large number of new paintings, many of which are of an ambitious scale and which were created specifically for the Royal Academy’s galleries. Inspired by the Yorkshire landscape, there recent works will be shown alongside related drawings and film.
David Hockney, born in Bradford in 1937, spent the first 18 years of his life in Yorkshire but he studiously avoided England as a subject until the age of 60. He finally felt motivated in 1997 to celebrate the landscape of east Yorkshire and later embarked on one of the most ambitious and extraordinary projects of his career, that of memorialising the little known landscape around Bridlington where he now spends much of the year.
Ruth Mackenzie, Director of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival said: 'We are delighted that this exceptional exhibition of landcapes by one of Britain’s greatest artists will be one of the highlights of the Cultural Olympiad next year. For many of us, David Hockney remains a favourite artist and his constant experimentation with new media including photography, computer technology and film is a continual fascination.'
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