By MELANIE LEE
THREE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DAVID HOCKNEY
Published on 27 June 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.