Widely regarded as one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century, David Hockney is a figure who is practically synonymous with the art world itself – and for good reason.
Born on July 9, 1937, David Hockney has spanned an impressive array of media throughout his six-decade career, renowned for his imaginative and immersive paintings, prints, stage designs, and photography. And now, admirers can view his works like never before as London’s Lightroom projects Hockney’s art on the walls of their four-story exhibition space.
Displayed in the heart of the city at the King’s Cross Lightroom, Bigger and Closer (Not Smaller and Further Away) is an exhibition for the ages, set to run from February 22–June 4, 2023. A kaleidoscope of beauty and wonder, Hockney’s exhibit offers viewers a contemplative meditation of the natural world as they are invited to experience its cycles, seasons, and moments of stillness through his unique point of view.
The show is an unprecedented opportunity to spend time in the presence of one of the great popular geniuses of the art world still innovating, still creating beauty and awe.
Spanning pieces both iconic and recent (many of which were created on an iPad), the exhibition delves into themes of the past while offering hope for the future. Bigger and Closer traverses the duality of existence as the power of nature calls us back to the wild, even in the age of the internet.
As you view his picturesque landscapes of lush woods, wondrous deserts, and crystal blue oceans, all laid out in elaborate multidimensional triptych frames, 3D dioramas, and extraordinary floor-to-ceiling installations, it is impossible not to be moved by the sacredness of the ecosphere.
It is through these digital articulations of dimension and space within vibrant, bright, and colourful scenes that Hockney renders the complexities of nature and modern existence in stunning simplicity.
Drawing on his many years of artistic experience, Hockney invites us to look beyond the surface of the everyday and hone our relationship to the world around us. As we explore sixty years of experience through Hockney’s eyes, we are invited to live his history with as much admiration for life as he does.
The world is very very beautiful if you look at it, but most people don’t look very much. They scan the ground in front of them so they can walk, they don’t really look at things incredibly well, with an intensity. I do. If you see the world as beautiful, thrilling and mysterious, as I think I do, then you feel quite alive.
Accomplishing an atmosphere of hope and gratitude, Hockney’s unfettered optimism bleeds through the works themselves and into our lives as we are compelled to view the world through his powerfully reflective and reverent lens.
Introspective, transcendental, and moving, this exhibition is one not to miss – be inspired today!
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