David Hockney – 82 portraits and 1 Still Life

Tuesday night we had the opportunity to visit David Hockney private view of his latest exhibition at the Royal Academy “82 Portraits and 1 Still Life”, the 82 Portraits took David 2 years, 3 days to each Portrait.

“His subjects – all friends, family and acquaintances – include office staff, fellow artists, curators and gallerists such as John Baldessari and Larry Gagosian. Each work is the same size, showing his sitter in the same chair, against the same vivid blue background and all were painted in the same time frame of three days. Yet Hockney’s virtuoso paint handling allows their differing personalities to leap off the canvas with warmth and immediacy”.-Royal Academy


It was fascinating to see those who he had painted, and to speak with them regarding there experience. Jim Mchugh, a famous photographer from LA, who happens to be an Innova Art user explained the experience wonderfully; “David was always promptly ready to start the day at 9am ready to get going, David just loves what he does” This was very evident that night, and those who were pictured were proudly standing by their portraits speaking of their experience. (Of course some chose to be a little more shy about the experience.)



But as a whole the night was an inspiring one, that had many happy and famous faces enjoying the night. Congratulations to David Hockney on his recent work, and once again thank you for sharing the evening with us…..


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