David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020

From crisis to creativity

Hailed as one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century, David Hockney has mastered the art of paint, print, stage design, photography – and now the iPad. Inspired by the beauty of nature – as seen from his home in Normandy – this extraordinary exhibition features a collection of 116 works, charting the blossoming of spring.

As the pandemic unfolded, Hockney turned to themes of optimism and renewal. The result is a joyous ode to the seasons that challenges preconceptions around the way art is produced and consumed.

Old Master of technology

Hockney first experimented with technology in 2007, using his iPhone, before moving on to the iPad and Stylus in 2010. Under Hockney’s close eye, the finished works have been printed on paper at a much greater scale – revealing the individual stokes of the artist’s hand in intimate detail.

Organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, in collaboration with the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, the exhibition opens exactly one year after the works were created, in a timely reminder of the fragile beauty of the natural world.

Hockney has shown once again that painting nature is a resonant response to a great crisis.

The Guardian


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23rd May - 26th September 2021


Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House