Hockney: fragments of being in the now

The David Hockney exhibition at the NGV ended yesterday.  I was fortunate in seeing it last weekend and was delighted with his technique of layering colour  over colour repeatedly to give depth and nuance to his subjects.

He emphasized his credo of

Living in the now

with energy and colour

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“It’s amazing what you can do with and iphone.”

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With many pieces, much is implied rather than providing detail.  is work demands attention through his use of the naive and bold colours

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Simply drawn portraits

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His passion for ipads and iphones is such that they even become their paraphernalia become subjects of his art.

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Shapes reduced to their essential outlines, the colour that draws our eyes and the contrasts with that in which they are.

His deft use of smears, streaks and scrawls.

David Hockney Created with iPads and iPhones

82 portraits, each painted over three days.  so much character portrayed in their eyes.

All our viewers eyes are drawn to their eyes – as many eyes looking out as looking in!

An avenue of portraits…….and hockney has been very fond of painting avenues.

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Withing this crowd is a still life, as if to give pause from so many faces.  It allows a space for rest.

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There are so many paths winding away through the centre of his landscapes.

The simple and deft strokes of white paint to portray raindrops falling into a puddle.

David Hockney — The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate — Galerie Lelong — Exposition — Slash Paris

David Hockney (English 1937- ) 'The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) - 2 January'

Window sills form frames for flowers and cacti in containers

David Hockney for ipad, fleurs fraiches.

One room in the gallery was covered in gigantic landscapes of skeletal tree trunks and branches.  Small flowers in the foreground stealthily draw attention to spring’s imminence but still dwarfed by winter trees. A pale blue sky is only pretending to be sun lit.

David Hockney (English 1937- ) 'Bigger trees near Warter or/ou Peinture sur le motif pour le nouvel age post-photographique' 2007

The Yosemite Park paintings are big to capture the enormity of that landscape.

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Pines, so tall that the viewer cannot see their tops.

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