“New pictures of a very beautiful world” This is the artist David Hockney Describing his latest work, a series of digital drawings of flowers culminates in an unusual 5-meter portrait of the artist in front of these still lifes, first revealed in observer today.
Hockney teases the eye, plays with perspective, and spends time on his latest creations. In a wide photograph titled June 25, 2022, Looking at the Flowers (framed)he created a mysterious and amazing picture in which the viewer sees the artist as a spectator, observing his own works.
Hockney photographed himself twice, to the right and left of the composition – seemingly captured in a special moment looking at 20 of his still-living pink flowers hanging on the wall in front of him.
In both portraits, he’s wearing the same blue suit and flat white hat, but he’s sitting on different seats and smoking a cigarette on the left, while an ashtray is among the things on a simple table set next to his other person. A single rose in a blue vase reflects the beautiful flowers captured in the pictures on the wall, suggesting its fleeting presence.
From his home in Normandy, where he created the portrait, he told observer: “This is not an ordinary picture.”
By manipulating several images on the computer, he was playing with time, explaining that the image was not the “ultimate depiction of reality”: “You have to look at these images through time, unlike a normal image, which you see all at once.”
June 25, 2022, Looking at the Flowers (framed) Along with photos of the actual flowers shot inside in an upcoming major gallery, you’ll hang 20 flowers and some larger photos.
It will be staged next month at Hockney’s London Gallery, Anli Judah Fine Art is one of five galleries in five cities around the world, in an unprecedented collaboration.
The state of the world may seem bleak, but these are flower images to lift the spirits, each painted with its own distinct palette of vibrant colours. He calls it “new looking pictures of a very beautiful world”.
David Juda, Director of Annely Juda Fine art, Hockney has been exposed for 30 years. Commenting on the previously unseen photo, he told observer: “It’s incredible work. It’s about the perspective and how we see things. It’s going to occupy the entire wall because it’s over 3 meters long and 5 meters long. It’s really strong.”
Judah added, “It’s not a picture. It’s a photograph. It’s not the person who just took a shot. It’s made up of a lot of pictures to make a picture. That’s what creates the different perspective. He’s very interested in the eye’s perspective.”
“What he’s trying to say is that it’s your eye that sees things, not the camera. The camera doesn’t move. If you look through the camera, it’s going to take a picture, but that’s not actually the real picture of what your eye sees because your eye sees a whole load of other things.”
Hockney, 85, is the Bradford boy who flew to Los Angeles and found inspiration in the American dream, pools and sunshine, to become one of the world’s leading contemporary artists. His masterpieces include Big splash, where he captured the sparkle of a turquoise pool sparkling under the intense light of the California sky. In 2018, Hockney became the most prized living artist, after one of his paintings in the pool – Portrait of an artist (a pool with two characters) It sold for $90.3 million at an auction in New York.
Painter, illustrator, print maker, stage designer and photographer, he demonstrated an endless passion for experimentation, using fax machines, laser copiers, tablets and other digital tools as art tools.
In the exhibition catalog, he remembers using his iPad to begin photos of flowers in February 2021 in his studio and home in France: “I was just sitting at the table in our house and saw some flowers in a vase on the table. By February, the sun was low, casting a deep shadow. On the table I decided to paint it The background was dark so I made it a rich brown After I print it I put it on the far wall facing the table It stayed there for a few days It looked very beautiful to me…
“A few days later, I started again from the same position with the same ceramic vase…Then I realized that if I put flowers in a glass vase, the sun would catch the water, and painting the glass would be a much more interesting thing. Then I was outside… It was the weather. It’s very cold outside and I can work indoors more comfortably.”
The exhibition takes place at Annely Juda Fine Art, London, 3 November Until December 23. also in Gallery Lelong & Co, Paris; Richard Gray, Chicago; Los Angeles Louvre, Los Angeles; Webbs, New York.