David Hockney at the Royal Academy
Posted on: 21 January 2012 by Gareth Hargreaves
Mixed reviews have greeted the much-heralded David Hockney: A Bigger Picture at the Royal Academy, London but it is a show that deserves to be seen.
Last week I was lucky enough to get tickets to the new David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy and was pleasantly surprised by the intensity of the artist's new works.
David Hockney's love of landscape, scale and space both in England and abroad. The 150 works on display, illustrate the dynamism and undiminished creativity of an artist who at 75 has re-embraced the countryside of his youth and recast it in a series of gigantic works - many created, pointedly by the artist's own hand in the past five years - Damien Hirst and company take note.
The show is not a triumph by any means. Devoting the whole of the RA to one artist and one theme wrings the very life out of many of the hanging works. However, the great outdoors has provided Hockney with a seemingly endless seam of creative inspiration over the course of his career and there are notable works that cast a welcome shadow over the less worthy offerings.