Hockney’s new work brightens Pace Gallery

Following on from Hockney’s travelling retrospective at Tate Britain, the Centre Pompidou and the Met, new art from recent years is on show at Pace’s NY Chelsea gallery

A Picture of a Lion, 2017
A Picture of a Lion, 2017 | Image: David Hockney, photo: Richard Schmidt

In David Hockney’s new exhibition, opening on Thursday April 5 at New York’s Pace Gallery, 18 paintings, many never exhibited before (as well as computer-manipulated photography), return to subjects beloved by the artist: the Grand Canyon, the deck at his Hollywood Hills home and set designs from various theatrical productions. These themes are reinterpreted and perspectives shifted, with many of the acrylics painted on hexagonal canvases.

Still Life, 2017
Still Life, 2017 | Image: David Hockney, photo: Richard Schmidt
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Grand Canyon II, 2017
Grand Canyon II, 2017 | Image: David Hockney, photo: Richard Schmidt

The exhibition is entitled Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing], and among the art for sale (prices on request) are Still Life (2017) and Grand Canyon II (2017), two paintings that take Hockney’s love of saturated colour to glorious new heights. Rock formations, flora and fauna are vibrantly brought to life thanks to his masterful use of violet, aqua, fuchsia, bright yellow and orange hues. He uses a similarly strong palette in another memorable new canvas on show called A Picture of a Lion (2017).

Walk Around the Alcazar, 2017
Walk Around the Alcazar, 2017 | Image: David Hockney, photo: Richard Schmidt
Walk Around Hotel Acatlan, 2017
Walk Around Hotel Acatlan, 2017 | Image: David Hockney, photo: Richard Schmidt
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