DATE & TIME
Friday 16th September 2016
8:30 am at the Royal Academy of Arts
8:45 am – 9:45 am tour with curator Francoise Durrance
9:45 am breakfast in the Academicians Room
Discover before opening hours the Royal Academy’s latest exhibition on David Hockney. The tour will be exclusively commented by Francoise Durrance M.A. FRSA, freelance Art Historian and lecturer and RA expert.
Royal Academy of Arts, 1 Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
DAVID HOCKNEY RA: 82 PORTRAITS AND 1 STILL-LIFE
After his monumental landscape exhibition burst to life in the Royal Academy Main Galleries in 2012, Hockney turned away from painting and from his Yorkshire home, returning to Los Angeles. Slowly, he began to return to the quiet contemplation of portraiture, beginning with a depiction of his studio manager. Over the months that followed, he became absorbed by the genre and invited sitters from all areas of his life into his studio.
His subjects – all friends, family and acquaintances – include office staff, fellow artists, curators and gallerists such as John Baldessari and Larry Gagosian. Each work is the same size, showing his sitter in the same chair, against the same vivid blue background and all were painted in the same time frame of three days. Yet Hockney’s virtuoso paint handling allows their differing personalities to leap off the canvas with warmth and immediacy.