A Bigger Picture

I was lucky enough to be invited to a private viewing of David Hockney’s much talked about ‘A Bigger Picture’ exhibition at the Royal Academy. Edith Devaney, the curator, took us around 13 rooms of Hockney’s work, going into detail about all the pieces on show, from his early college paintings to his much discussed iPad works.

It was impressive to see how Hockney had really used the architecture and space of the gallery to present his work, consciously using archways, seating, and entire walls to maximum effect.

My personal highlight was a huge video installation where the artist fitted his car with six video cameras and drove down a leafy Yorkshire country lane, and then pieced the video together using six separate screens, repeating the process in spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Although the exhibition showcased work from throughout Hockney’s career, it wasn’t meant to feel like a retrospective (and didn’t), but instead focus on his connection to Yorkshire and his approach to creating work, examining the effects of the seasons by revisiting locations throughout the year. Well worth going to see – a show I hope to go back and visit again soon.


24 Jan 2012



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Josh Eaton