David Hockney’s new exhibition: ’82 Portraits and 1 Still Life’

The first thing that greets you entering the Sackler Wing in Burlington House is the electric hues Hockney engaged to bring to life his new collection:  ‘82 Portraits and 1 Still-life.

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We booked our tickets to the Royal Academy as soon as we the heard news of the show, a great comeback following his return to Los Angeles after his Bigger Picture exhibition at the Royal Academy in 2012.

The collection is a new body of work that embraces portraiture with a passion, providing the onlooker an insight into his life in LA over the past two years and to those people who played a part in that story.

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The portrait sitters are Hockney’s friends, family, and acquaintances.  All sat on the same striking yellow chair, set against an electric blue background.  The portraits were created over a series of sittings in a two-year period and for no longer than 24 hours, an amount of time Hockey felt was the maximum he could ask of them.

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One portrait that really stood out for me was that of Celia Birtwell, the famous textiles designer  immortalised  by Hockey in his well-known piece, Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy.

Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy 1970-1 by David Hockney born 1937
Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy 1970-1 David Hockney born 1937 Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1971 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T01269

© David Hockney

What you notice as you peruse the gallery, is the developed expressions and personalities that leap off the canvas and leave you with a sense of wonder and curiosity as to what they were thinking; some a happy medium others a restless unease.

The gallery invites an insight into  Hockney’s life in what we felt was a warm, slightly staged performance.

To find out more and to book tickets please go to the Royal Academy website.

Tickets are priced at £11.50 with concessions available.

The exhibition runs until 2 October 2016.
Sunday – Thursday

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