Image: David Hockney, 'Portrait of Sir David Webster' 1971 (detail), Acrylic on canvas 57 x 72" © David Hockney. Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

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.


Introducing David Hockney: Ways of Working © John Collins

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.


Exhibition view of David Hockney © The Lightbox

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)
£7.50 Day Pass | Lightbox Members Free | Under 21s Free

In response to increasing concerns relating to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we made the difficult decision to close to the public as of 18 March 2020. We know many of you were still intending to visit the exhibition which was originally supposed to close 19 April 2020. We are gutted that this has happened, but we are putting together some soundbites and more digital content to bring the exhibition to you at home.

Listen to Head of Exhibitions, Peter Hall, discuss the Portrait of Sir David Webster, a Double Study for a 'Closer Grand Canyon', as well as Winter Road Near Kilham.


David Hockney, "Double Study for 'A Closer Grand Canyon'" 1998 (detail), Oil on 2 canvases, 71 1/2 x 47 3/4" overall © David Hockney. Photo Credit: Prudence Cuming Associates. Collection Royal Academy of Arts, London

We're also busy putting together as much creative content as we can, from activities for the kids to methods to improve your drawings skills, so keep an eye on the blog, and particularly, look at the opportunities to help us financially at this time, as well as our catering partners Tipsy Pigs.