David Hockney ; A Retrospective of Reflection saina yeganegi


Born: 9 July 1937 (age 79 years), Bradford, United Kingdom

David Hockney is an English painter, print maker and photographer. An important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.


Portrait of Nick Wilder, 1966 acrylic on canvas, 72x72

I have chosen to put “Portrait of Nick Wilder” 1966 in ‘David Hockney; A Retrospective of Reflection’ because it is full of techniques that cannot be seen in first glance, this shows how experienced David is. When you first look at the painting your eyes are drawn to the pool because of it colour and the lines, all the other lines in the painting are straight except the lines in the water which are curvy. The man in the pool has and emotionless expression but looked peaceful at the same time, by looking at this the viewers will feel the same. The colour of the house is dull which make the green, yellow and the blue standout. “Portrait of Nick Wilder” is a great artwork to showcase in the exhibition because of all the techniques used.

A Bigger Splash, 1967 acrylic on canvas, 96x96

I have chosen “A Bigger Splash" 1967 to put in in the exhibition because it is one of David Hockney most well-known painting. In this painting you can see a house, chair, 2 palm trees, diving board and part of a pool. To make this artwork Hockney has used acrylic paint on canvas to construct this simple yet effective painting. The main focus of this painting is the splash and the yellow diving board, the colour yellow stand out on blue which catches eye. The colour of the pool echoes the colour of the sky which gives the painting balance, and that help leave the audience felling relaxed and calm. For a few painting Hockney wanted to leave some of the canvas untouched, so he created a boarder with it. “A Bigger Splash" is a create artwork to be included in the exhibition for its simplicity and effectiveness.

Sun On The Pool Los Angeles April 13th 1982 composite Polaroid, 34 3/4 x 36 1/4

I have chosen to put "Sun on the Pool Los Angeles April 13th" in the exhibition because it is one of his best composite Polaroid based on pools. This artwork consist of a total of 77 Polaroids. Before taking these photos Hockney emptied the pool drew the navy curvy line on the bottom of the pool, filled up the pool then took individual photos. The blue looks vibrant against the dull area around the pool, the bright colour of blue caused the audience to feel happy and calm. This photo joiner plays an important part in the exhibition because it showcases the love Hockney had for pools.

Picture of a Hollywood Swimming Pool, 1964 acrylic on canvas, 36x48

“Picture of a Hollywood Swimming Pool” is another painting that is included in the ‘David Hockney; A Retrospective of Reflection’ exhibition. Hockney has used acrylic paint on canvas, he has only used 4 colours (darker and lighter shade as well) to paint this artwork. The blue and the green standout the most against the cream and grey colour, the blue inflatable catcher the eye. Hockney has used mainly curvy lines in this artwork especially the water in the pool. The water is made up of different colour curvy line which shows how unsteady the water is and the ripples. By showing the unsteadiness of the water can leave the audiences feeling anxious or calm depending on the person’s point of view. The dull green plant that is in the foreground catches the eye. This painting plays a great role in the exhibition, it shows a lot of techniques and effect of colour.

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two figures), 1972 acrylic on canvas, 84x120

“Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two figures)” 1972 is included in the exhibition because it shows how passionate Hockney was about pool and good sunny weather. The material used in this artwork are only acrylic paint on canvas. The colour of the bright red jacket that the man standing out of the pool is wearing catches the eye first, it stands out against the green mountains in the background. The colour red symbolizes love and lust which were the emotions Hockney has towards the man who was his lover at the time. The water in the pool is bright blue and the white lines caused it to standout against the dull green mountains. Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two figures) shows a lot of emotions.

Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool, 1966 acrylic on canvas, 84x84

I have also chosen Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool, 1966 to include in the ‘David Hockney; A Retrospective of Reflection’ because of its simplicity. Hockney has used acrylic on canvas. The main focuses is the water, the white parallel wriggly line gives the water draws attention to the pool and also directs the eyes to the men getting out the pool. Everything the background (except the bush) has been drawn with straight lines apart from the water and the men. The yellow and the blue look vibrant next to the dull colours in the painting. The painting leave the audiences feeling tranquil and composed and it does this with the colours and simplicity. “Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool” 1966 is an important artwork and should be included in the exhibition.


INCLUDES • 2 artworks on each wall • 1 TV that shows information about David Hockney • 1 media room play a video about Hockney journey • Office outside the gallery to buy tickets and gifts• Signs hung up right next to the main entrance


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