David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts: A Bigger Picture 2012 & 82 Portraits and One Still Life 2016

27th September 2018


David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts:
A Bigger Picture 2012 & 82 Portraits and One Still Life 2016

Thursday 27 September, 2pm

Admission: £3

‘[Hockney is] still full of energy, curiosity and the desire to see the world afresh.’ - Tim Marlow
‘[He] put figurative art back centre stage.’ - Martin Gayford
‘The quintessential British artist.’ - Jonathan Jones

Directed by Phil Grabsky and presented by Tim Marlow

We are delighted to continue to provide Exhibition on Screen films, which take you behind the scenes of internationally acclaimed art exhibitions at some of the world's most prestigious museums, presenting extraordinary insight for art lovers and students into the creative practice of leading world-renowned artists.

Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond attracting millions of visitors worldwide. The latest film in the EXHIBITION ON SCREEN series allows up-close access to this 21st-century master and his two recent blockbuster exhibitions held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney the film offers rare insights into the man behind such iconic works as 'A Bigger Splash' and 'A Closer Grand Canyon'. In conversation with Tim Marlow (Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts), Hockney reveals anecdotes from across his artistic and personal life - from his first trip abroad to Egypt in 1963, to the effects of the death of his close friend Jonathan Silver in 1997, right
up to today.

The film also provides a rare chance to explore two of Hockney's landmark exhibitions from his late career, guided by the exhibitions' curatorial team and the artist himself. A Royal Academician since 1991, Hockney has a close relationship with the institution, creating both exhibitions specifically for the gallery spaces and thus making them entirely unique shows.

For 'A Bigger Picture' Hockney returned to his native Yorkshire. This return to home was cathartic for Hockney and saw him capture the changing landscape through the seasons, using new techniques, not least iPad drawings and video. Four years later for 82 Portraits and One Still Life, Hockney also adopted a new mode of working, inviting sitters to his studio with a strict deadline of three days for each portrait. The 82 finished paintings are
themselves one complete work.

The film features expert insights from art critics Martin Gayford and Jonathan Jones, and Edith Devaney (Senior Contemporary Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts) who twice sat for Hockney to paint.

Suitable for ages 15+. School groups welcome! Duration: 85 mins

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