The fervour surrounding David Hockney extends well beyond Tate Britain this month, as The Yosemite Suite, an exhibition of the artist’s works from 2010 and 2011, opens at Pace Gallery in Palo Alto, California, on March 30. This series of vibrant iPad drawings (from $20,000) created during Hockney’s trips to northern California’s Yosemite National Park are prime examples of his fascination with landscape, and particularly the breathtaking grandeur of the American West.
Hockney is known for painting outdoors and has long embraced new technologies. In 2010, he adopted the iPad into his artistic arsenal, allowing him to engage in the landscape as he experiences it – in full, glorious, immediate colour. He made his first iPad series, The Arrival of Spring, in east Yorkshire, then later that year used the tablet to capture Yosemite – redwood-lined roads, waterfalls, the iconic Half Dome granite rock formation, even the ubiquitous tourists that crowd the scenic area.
The 24 images that make up The Yosemite Suite – bright, textural drawings – are translated directly from screen to print, and more than capture the national park’s splendour. Four other works from 2011 are presented in a larger format – some measuring almost 8ft tall – and are configured on a quartet of panels. Pace Gallery’s bright, spare Silicon Valley setting is the perfect backdrop for these awe-inducing works.
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