THREE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DAVID HOCKNEY

Published on 27 June 2017

"HOTEL ACATLAN: TWO WEEKS LATER" 1985 LITHOGRAPH 29 3/4 X 74" OVERALL EDITION OF 98 © DAVID HOCKNEY/TYLER GRAPHICS LTD. PHOTO CREDIT: RICHARD SCHMIDT

By MELANIE LEE

In line with its 15th anniversary celebrations, the STPI Gallery will be presenting a solo exhibition of one of Britain’s most celebrated living artist, David Hockney from 1 July. Before you head down to “David Hockney: A Matter of Perspective”, here are three things to know about him before checking out his colourful, zany works.

Age is not a barrier.

"TWELVE FIFTEEN" 1991 LITHOGRAPH 44 X 57" © DAVID HOCKNEY/TYLER GRAPHICS LTD.

Born in 1937 in Bradford, England, the 80-year-old remains a prolific artist even after six decades of work. He recently had a major retrospective at Tate Britain, along with releasing a book and having a documentary made about him. Besides Singapore, his works will also be exhibited in Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Medium is not a barrier.

"WALKING PAST TWO CHAIRS" 1984-86 LITHOGRAPH, SCREENPRINT, COLLAGE, HAND-PAINTED FRAME 22 X 39 1/2" © DAVID HOCKNEY/TYLER GRAPHICS LTD. PHOTO CREDIT: RICHARD SCHMIDT

Hockney has never been one to pigeonhole himself to a particular medium or style. He is a painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. He is best known for his intricate iPad drawings using the Brushes app. Before that, he was using Adobe Photoshop with a stylus and touch sensitive pad to create digital works. Hockney has also done video installations using multiple digital cameras and screens.

Perspective, perspective, perspective.

David Hockney "Afternoon Swimming" 1980 Lithograph Edition of 55 31 3/4 x 39 1/2" © David Hockney / Tyler Graphics Ltd. Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

The open-mindedness in Hockney’s work goes back to his belief that the human eye is more fluid and dynamic than a single point of view. “We do not look at the world from a distance; we are in it, and that’s how we feel,” he once said. In this STPI exhibition, there will be 36 of his works presented which will be exploring two questions: How do we see? How do we depict? He tries to present multiple perspectives in his works – as seen with ‘Walking Past Two Chairs’ (1986) where he brings in Cubism techniques.

STPI Annual Special Exhibition David Hockney: A Matter of Perspective will be at STPI Gallery from 1 July – 9 September 2017. Click here for more information.

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