David Hockney, Britain's most popular and influential artist has returned for his most comprehensive exhibition yet.
Anchored by his graphic brilliance and lifted by his wit and optimism, the retrospective survey of painting, drawing, print, photography and video at Tate Britain is moving as well as visually enchanting. Above all, the man’s work is hugely accessible and engaging: “People want meaning in life. That’s a desperate need, and images can help. Unfortunately there is within modern art a contempt for people . . . I do want to make a picture that has meaning for a lot of people. I think the idea of making pictures for 25 people in the art world is crazy and ridiculous.”
As he approaches his 80th birthday, Hockney still continues to change his style and ways of working, embracing new technologies as he goes. From his portraits and images of Los Angeles swimming pools, through to his drawings and photography, Yorkshire landscapes and most recent paintings – some of which have never been seen before in public – this exhibition shows how the roots of each new direction lay in the work that came before.
A once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these unforgettable works together. Hurry though, the show has already exceeded Tate’s record for advance ticket sales.