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'I Like To Live In The Now'

4th May, 2018 by Lydia

After hearing the recent news that David Hockney will be designing a stained glass window for Westminster Abbey, I began to reflect on my visit to his retrospective exhibition at the Tate Britain last year. I started to realise just how much I admire him, his attitude and his work.

Hockney’s quote, ‘I like to live in the now’ sums him up perfectly. As I walked through the exhibition I could see how Hockney had utilised new mediums and technology at each step of his career. He isn’t scared to try new things. One room was full of photography collages, the next, covered with large pop art paintings and then another room of screens displaying videography. At first glance, people may not even realise all the work belonged to the same artist.

I then walked through to where Hockney’s iPad paintings were displayed and I was taken aback. These paintings were so detailed, textural and vibrant, just like the rest of Hockney’s work, just using a different tool. It was unlike anything I had seen before. I have always been so ‘anti-iPad’, but after seeing this, I began to wonder if maybe we are just using this technology in the wrong way. He didn’t turn his nose up at it or use it for quickness or ease; he has made use of all of its capabilities as a new medium and created masterpieces with it.

Admittedly, I am someone who always talks about technology taking over and how I much prefer classic brick buildings, no social media and traditional printing techniques. However, after visiting this David Hockney exhibition, I’m starting to believe that maybe we have all become slightly tunnel-visioned and encouraged by society to think that technology is bad. Maybe we should be more open minded like David Hockney and embrace ‘the now’ and what it has to offer.

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'I Like To Live In The Now'

4th May, 2018 by Lydia

My Image

After hearing the recent news that David Hockney will be designing a stained glass window for Westminster Abbey, I began to reflect on my visit to his retrospective exhibition at the Tate Britain last year. I started to realise just how much I admire him, his attitude and his work.

My Image

David Hockney
Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1971
Private Collection
© David Hockney

Hockney’s quote, ‘I like to live in the now’ sums him up perfectly. As I walked through the exhibition I could see how Hockney had utilised new mediums and technology at each step of his career. He isn’t scared to try new things. One room was full of photography collages, the next, covered with large pop art paintings and then another room of screens displaying videography. At first glance, people may not even realise all the work belonged to the same artist.

I then walked through to where Hockney’s iPad paintings were displayed and I was taken aback. These paintings were so detailed, textural and vibrant, just like the rest of Hockney’s work, just using a different tool. It was unlike anything I had seen before. I have always been so ‘anti-iPad’, but after seeing this, I began to wonder if maybe we are just using this technology in the wrong way. He didn’t turn his nose up at it or use it for quickness or ease; he has made use of all of its capabilities as a new medium and created masterpieces with it.

Admittedly, I am someone who always talks about technology taking over and how I much prefer classic brick buildings, no social media and traditional printing techniques. However, after visiting this David Hockney exhibition, I’m starting to believe that maybe we have all become slightly tunnel-visioned and encouraged by society to think that technology is bad. Maybe we should be more open minded like David Hockney and embrace ‘the now’ and what it has to offer.