David Hockney sat in a chair with a white flat cap on with his hands claspt an leaning on his knees
9th February 2017 The MALESTROM

David Hockney takes over the Tate with new retrospective

On the cusp of his 80th birthday, one of Britain’s most successful artists, David Hockney is holding the most extensive exhibition of his work starting right now at the Tate Britain. And it just happens to be the fastest selling in Tate history!

You can take the man out of Yorkshire but you can’t take the Yorkshire out of the man! And the no-nonsense, cigarette and ale loving artist still donned his flat cap and cardigan as he dryly suffered the barrage of press interviews he gave to highlight this exhibition.

Picture of a painting by David Hockney titled "A Lawn Being Sprinkled" 1967. Acrylic on canvas 60 x 60" © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

David Hockney “A Lawn Being Sprinkled” 1967. Acrylic on canvas 60 x 60″ © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

With his beautifully unique and colourful post-modernist paintings as recognisable as Picasso, a huge David Hockney retrospective exhibition like this is not to be sniffed at and may be the last one ever held while he’s alive.

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The exhibition is an unprecedented overview of his work from 1961, through the 70’s and 80’s and up until the present day. Some of the highlights include “A Lawn Being Sprinkled” and many of the distinct LA based swimming pool scenes like The Bigger Splash and Peter Getting Out Of Nick’s Pool that have become one of his iconic signatures.

Painting by David Hockney titled "PETER GETTING OUT OF NICK'S POOL" 1966. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 84 X 84" © DAVID HOCKNEY COLLECTION: WALKER ART GALLERY, LIVERPOOL PHOTO CREDIT: RICHARD SCHMIDT

“PETER GETTING OUT OF NICK’S POOL” 1966. ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 84 X 84″ © DAVID HOCKNEY COLLECTION: WALKER ART GALLERY, LIVERPOOL PHOTO CREDIT: RICHARD SCHMIDT

Alex Farquharson, Director of the Tate said,

“David Hockney is without doubt one of Britain’s greatest living artists. His work is both consistent, with its core concerns, while also wonderfully diverse. Hockney’s impact on post-war art, and culture more generally is inestimable, and this is a fantastic opportunity to see the full trajectory of his career to date.”

Painting by David Hockney titled "BILL + AUDREY WILDER LOS ANGELES APRIL 1982." COMPOSITE POLAROID 46 X 44" © DAVID HOCKNEY  PHOTO CREDIT: RICHARD SCHMIDT

“BILL + AUDREY WILDER LOS ANGELES APRIL 1982.” COMPOSITE POLAROID 46 X 44″
© DAVID HOCKNEY  PHOTO CREDIT: RICHARD SCHMIDT

The Bradford born artist burst out of the pop art movement of the 1960’s alongside names like Warhol, his colourful works have been equally matched by his colourful personality and wit.

Catch the exhibition while you can.

Dates: 9th February – 29th May 2017. Tate Britain, daily from 10am – 6pm.