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Intelligence David Hockney at the RA

Over the weekend, Camron visited the Royal Academy to see the latest David Hockney exhibition in the Sackler Wing. Hockney’s last exhibition at the RA was in 2012 and focused on his landscape work inspired by East Yorkshire. Hockney’s latest exhibition follows a divergent path to the previous exhibition, with the works exploring his contemplation upon portraiture, a fascination that absorbed Hockney for some years.

The exhibition covers the three rooms of the Sackler Gallery and the works feature Hockney’s friends, family and acquaintances. Each portrait sits each individual in the same chair and setting, which allows the individual’s personality and facial expression to taken total focus of the observer.

The brushwork and colour became more established and authoritative as the series progressed and the breadth of work was fantastic. Hockney’s skill as a painter allowed the minutia of each subject's facial features to become apparent to the viewer. It was terrific to see a return to London and the RA with such a large exhibition, by one of Britain’s most celebrated painters. A great introduction to Hockney for the uninitiated.

Credit for thumbnail:

David Hockney
"Rita Pynoos, 1-2 March" 2014
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36"
© David Hockney
Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

David Hockney "Barry Humphries, 26-28 March" 2015 Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36" © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt David Hockney
"Barry Humphries, 26-28 March" 2015
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36"
© David Hockney
Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt David Hockney "David Juda, 22-25 March" 2015 Acrylic on canvas 48 x 36" © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt David Hockney
"David Juda, 22-25 March" 2015
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36"
© David Hockney
Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt "LORD JACOB ROTHSCHILD, 5-6 FEBRUARY" 2014 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 48 X 36" © DAVID HOCKNEY PHOTO CREDIT: RICHARD SCHMIDT David Hockney
"Jacob Rothschild, 5-6 February" 2014
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36"
© David Hockney
Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt "DAGNY CORCORAN, 15-17 JANUARY" 2014 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 48 X 36" © DAVID HOCKNEY PHOTO CREDIT: RICHARD SCHMIDT David Hockney
"Dagny Corcoran, 15-16-17 January" 2014
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 36"
© David Hockney
Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

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