Hockney plays with perspective in new photos, paintings at LA exhibit

Sat Jul 18, 2015 8:10am EDT
 
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - From his classic 1967 Los Angeles pool scene "A Bigger Splash" to his interpretations of Yorkshire forests, British artist David Hockney has always injected the world around him with a vibrant palette, most recently in a study of perspectives.

"David Hockney: Painting and Photography," opening this week at the LA Louver gallery right near California's Venice Beach, features acrylic paintings and photographs that play with spatial effects and vanishing points.

"Thirty years ago, I did a Vogue for Paris using these ideas, but it's only with digits (digital) that you can really take off, and I only just realized that two years ago," Hockney, 78, told Reuters.

The 28 works in the collection were done by the artist over the past two years since he moved back to Los Angeles.

The paintings echo the photographic collages that were created using software to seamlessly blend hundreds of photos depicting people mingling and socializing in Hockney's home studio, surrounded by tables, chairs and his artworks.

Technology has always played a key part in Hockney's works, from his 1986 "Pearblossom Hwy," a composite shot of a California highway created using hundreds of photographs of the scene, to a collection of iPad sketches of Yorkshire's forestry, displayed in 2012's "A Bigger Picture" exhibit in London.

"The technological change is enormous now, enormous, and people haven't quite got it yet," he said.

The Yorkshire-born artist, who said he mainly confines himself to his Hollywood Hills home due to his poor hearing, said he's still inspired by Los Angeles, a city he first moved to in the 1960s that has influenced his vibrant color palettes.   Continued...

 
British artist David Hockney is interviewed in front of his painting "The Group V" (R) and photographic drawing "The Red Table" at a preview of his exhibition "Painting and Photography" at the L.A. Louver gallery in Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States July 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson