David Hockney and Spring 2020 in 116 New Works

David Hockney and Spring 2020 in 116 New Works
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Not even the pandemia could stunt the creativity of David Hockney. Shut up in his house in Normandy, the eighty-three-year-old master hardly just sat around - he used his iPad to capture the jubilance of Spring in spectacular digital paintings. A whopping 116 new works were created by Hockney during the months of the lockdown, now ready to be viewed by the public in a highly-awaited exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Created with a stylus, using a technique that the British painter developed over the last decade, the works were then enlarged and printed on paper under the attentive supervision of the master, allowing us to see every stroke from his hand. The result is a glorious explosion of colour which distances itself from the widespread anxiety and celebrates the wonder of the natural world. Beloved and portrayed by painters of every age and trend, in the paintings of Hockney, the Norman Spring is revealed, day by day, a rush of fields, hedges and brilliantly green trees standing out against the blue sky, the grey of clouds swelling with rain, the red roofs of the old Tudor houses and the tender pink of just-blooming flowers. Regardless of what happens, it seems like Hockney says, the renewal of nature is an unstoppable anthem to life.
Francesca Grego - © 2021 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London