Hockney's Kinship with Nature

August 5, 2017

"If you want to replenish your visual thinking, you have to go back to nature.." DAVID HOCKNEY

 

"Lots of people tell me that I made them look at trees again... Trees are like an individual person - all the leaves are different, all the snowflakes are different -- everything is in Nature" NGV Video

 

Hockney recognizes the 'kinship with nature' principle - particularly celebrated in his monumental landscapes of Yorkshire and Yosemite - where he immerses us in the abundance and detail of nature. We are simultaneously drawn into close-up and panoramic views and he arrests us with dramatic qualities of light and intensely vivid colors.

At the National Gallery of Victoria exhibition is Melbourne recently Hockney used film, digital imaging, iphones and ipads - every medium available to him in the 21st century.

 

He has contested the conventions of perspective throughout art history - the Renaissance linear perspective, the camera-obscura of Vermeer, the plein-air of the Impressionists, the multi-perspectives of Cubism, and the frozen "realism" of photography."All flat images of the world around us, and the people, creatures, plants and things to be found in them, share a basic kinship because they face the same problems. Consequently, all images - drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, films, television, belong to a single category and have a common history." ( A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen (2016) jointly written by Hockney and Gayford)

 

His vivid landscapes, in particular, offer us an intense experience of nature, its complexity and beauty, in a way that challenges us in this 21st century to connect with nature and to be conscious of our 21st century ways of seeing the world.

 

  

 

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