Hockney art and photography

March 07, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Attended the David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy on Sunday.  Wonderful vivid (over so if you are a realist) paintings and ipad drawings of our less dramatic landscape (Yorkshire wolds mostly).  He has produced an amazingly high volume of work in recent years - in his 70's too - hope for many.

However I do not understand his apparent disagreement with the camera, and its viewing ability.  His summer oil landscapes are very reminiscent

in style of photographic landscapes that I would take - except of course that a paint artist can choose to be selective, leaving out detritus and detail.

It is strange how photographers are often criticised for oversaturating their images in post production, whereas paint artists are praised for such.  Hockney's are described as "imaginative", especially those he painted from memory in the studio rather than live out in the field.  His mind loves pink roads, purple shadows etc.  Well worth a visit.


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