David Hockney is an admirable professional. At 74, now a true legend of 20th century art and the greatest active English painter after the disappearance of his admired Lucian Freud, he has embarked with his usual enthusiasm on a project that links him at the same time to one of the great artistic traditions, that of painting from life, and to new technologies.
Until September 30, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is exhibiting 150 landscape works created by Hockney over the last eight years on conventional media as well as on iPad and video. Back in rural England in the county of Yorkshire after having achieved glory in the sunshine of his beloved California, Hockney revisits the landscapes of his childhood and carefully records the variations that the passing of the seasons imprints on nature. The emotional link with the landscape and the study of the possibilities of perspective and color infect these works with the same vitality that radiated from the swimming pools and the burly bathers portrayed by the painter in his pop years.
If in previous decades Hockney had already studied the unusual artistic possibilities offered by means such as the fax or the photocopier, now he presents, together with his large-format oil paintings, his latest creations made with iPad, as well as landscapes recorded with several cameras and presented on different screens. Organized by the Royal Academy of Arts in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibition will be on display at the Guggenheim Museum in London.