DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
21st November 2017
21st November 2017
David Hockney Painting -Winter Timber- in Bridlington July 2009 David Hockney Photo Credit- Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima
DAVID HOCKNEY AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS:
A BIGGER PICTURE 2012 & 82 PORTRAITS AND ONE STILL LIFE 2016
New Exhibition on Screen film showing at
THE DRILL HALL, Lower Church Street, Chepstow NP16 5HJ
Tuesday 21 November 7.30pm
Tickets £10, from and in support of Chepstow Museum tel 01291 625981
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, which is being screened in Chepstow at the Drill Hall on its release date Tuesday November 21st, 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.
Over the past five years Hockney has staged two blockbuster exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts in London which attracted more than three quarters of a million visitors. Both were filmed by Exhibition on Screen as part of an attempt to explore the later work of this undoubtedly great artist. For the exhibition 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 back in his hometown of LA, with a strict deadline of three days for each portrait. The 82 finished paintings are themselves one complete work.
The film, which unusually was created over a span of five years, 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. Unlike other films of great artists’ works, this one came with the great advantage of working with a living artist and being able to hear the artist himself talk. The film’s director, Phil Grabsky says “ David Hockney is unquestionably one of the most articulate and affable artists you could hope to interview…” It 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.
Tickets £10, available from, and to raise funds for, Chepstow Museum tel 01291 625981
Chepstow Drill Hall
Lower Church Street