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A close up image of the artist David Hockney


Hockney: A life in pictures

Unclassified 18+

12 Jan - 31 Jan

British painter David Hockney stands as the very embodiment post-war freedom. His distinctive artworks are bold, complex and chart a history lived on both sides of the Atlantic, completely outside the confines of societal conservatism. Through recollections from the artist, various subjects, friends and contemporaries, director Randall Wright weaves a portrait of the artist that is as effervescent and intelligent as the man himself.   

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  • Born during the Second World War, David Hockney came of age at the cusp of the Swinging Sixties. He studied at the Royal College of Art in London and was immediately recognised as a prodigious talent. 

    By the middle of the decade he’d made several trips to America where he became acquainted with the likes of Andy Warhol and Dennis Hopper. His fascination with the home of pop-art and wide open skies provided Hockney with a home and the inspiration for some of his most iconic works such as, A Bigger Splash and Beverly Hills Housewife.

    David Hockney: A Life in Pictures traces the artist’s life through his work and a trove of wonderful home movies that take in Scrabble games with his family, holidays and the artist tirelessly filling canvasses. Influenced by Picasso’s art and his enormous output, Hockney’s collected works, which sit in the most prestigious private and public collections, include lithographs, photography, stage sets, computer drawings and digital photography for his large multi-canvas landscape paintings. 

    Inspired by his father from an early age to ‘not care what the neighbours think’, Hockney speaks candidly about his sexuality, heartbreak and the personal freedoms afforded to him by “living his life in bohemia.”