Image: Exhibition view of David Hockney: Ways of Working © The Lightbox

An important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. This exhibition took an in-depth look at Hockney’s ingenious exploration of a diverse range of media, spanning six decades of creative output.


David Hockney: Ways of Working, Exhibition Install © Phil Cooper

Tracing the artist’s practice, the display included photographs of Hockney seen working in his studio, with several images that related to specific works in the exhibition. In addition, it introduced a never-seen-before 14-page letter where Hockney himself describes his work processes.

One of the highlights of the exhibition was devoted to David Hockney’s methods of printmaking, covering a variety of different techniques. Paintings presented examples of Hockney working in oil, acrylic and emulsion paint, dating from the 1950s to more recent works.

The artist's highly-recognisable photographic "joiner" collages also featured, alongside drawings in watercolour, coloured chalks, pencil and ink, and – merging drawing and his fascination with new technologies – digital illustrations on the iPad.

25 January – 18 March 2020 (early closure due to COVID-19)

Listen to Peter Hall, Head of Exhibitions, discuss three of the artworks included in the exhibition: