Hockney: A retrospective of reflection

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

I have chosen “Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool” 1966, to be included in this exhibition because it shows hockneys love for art and water. In this artwork you can see a man lifting himself out on the edge of the pool with his arms, the background has an apartment with colours that complement the blue in the pool. Hockney has used acrylic on canvas to paint his artwork, the water in the pool has been done in a way it looks like it is wavy and unsettled. The apartment’s window has a brown curtain that has a wool like textured look to it. My eyes are drawn to the man climbing out of the water because he is placed in centre of the image. This is why “Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool” belongs in the exhibition.

Portrait of Nick Wilder, 1966 acrylic on canvas

I have chosen “Portrait of Nick Wilder” 1966, to be included in this exhibition because it was painted early in his career. In this artwork you can see a man submerged up to his shoulders in a pool, a two story apartment in the background and some plants/bushes. Hockney used acrylic on canvas to create this artwork, there are approximately three shades of blue in the water which lures the viewers eyes into then makes them focus on the man and provides the entire artwork with a bright and cheerful feel. The apartment behind the pool is plain and boring in colour, the walls are mostly white with some thin black lines this makes the blue stand out dramatically. Hockey’s painting “Portrait of Nick Wilder” 1966, is a must have for this exhibition because it showcases his desire to paint pools.

A Bigger Splash, 1967 acrylic on canvas

I have chosen ‘A Bigger Splash’ 1967, to be incorporated in this exhibition because it was created early in his works. In this artwork there is a pool with a large splash in the middle of the pool created by someone who has dived off the diving board. You cannot see anyone and the water surrounding the splash is flat, still and sharp which leaves you feeling wonder and confusion. The sky and waters blue colour match which makes the painting interesting and bold. Using acrylic on canvas Hockney has designed a peaceful and relaxing artwork. All the edges and lines are sharp blunt and straight which make it easy to recognise all aspects of his work. This is why ‘A Bigger Splash’ 1967 has been chosen to be displayed in this exhibition.

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

“Portrait of an artist (pool with two figures)’ 1972, is one artwork I have decided to display in the exhibition. In this artwork you can see a man swimming in the pool whilst another man is standing on the edge of the pool watching him. In the background of this painting there are mountains trees and plants which are a lively green and blue. Using acrylic on canvas Hockney has created a vibrant and outstanding piece. The colours grab the attention of viewers and leave them with a feeling of joy. The lines in the artwork are sharp which give a clean finished look. “Portrait of an artist (pool with two figures)” is an essential artwork in the exhibition as it provides a nice relaxing view to show off hockney’s love of pools.

Schwimmbad Mitternacht (Paper Pool 11), 1978 colored and pressed paper pulp

I have selected “Schwimmbad Mitternacht (Paper Pool 11)” 1978, to be incorporated in the exhibition because it is an artwork created mid in hockney’s career. An ombre of blue symbolises water in a pool, a black rectangle diving board is centred in the lower half of the artwork. Hockney has used colored and pressed paper pulp to form an artwork which is visually relaxing to look at. The edges are soft and smudged which make the piece calming. “Schwimmbad Mitternacht (Paper Pool 11)” 1978, is an artwork which provides us with an understanding of how much Hockney enjoys creating works out art involving pools.

Robert Littman Floating in My Pool, Oct. 1982 photographic collage

The Photographic collage “Robert Littman Floating In My Pool” Oct. 1982, has been chosen to be used in the exhibition because of its unique look and it shows human distortion under the water. In this collage you can see a boy floating with his head on top of the water, His body looks relaxed and free which leads the viewer to feel the same. The pools walls have been painted to give detail and draw my eyes to it. Hockney has used photos on a computer to create this piece. I have selected “Robert Littman Floating In My Pool” Oct. 1982 to be revealed in the exhibition.

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Created with images by Aquilatin - "water swimming pool blue"

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