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 takes an in-depth look at Hockney’s ingenious exploration of a diverse range of media, spanning six decades of creative output.

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


David Hockney, "Lithographic Water Made of Thick and Thin Lines and Two Light Blue Washes (Pool 1-E)" 1978 – 1980, Lithograph, Edition of 40, 26 x 34 1/2" © David Hockney / Tyler Graphics Ltd.

One of the highlights of the exhibition is devoted to David Hockney’s methods of printmaking, covering a variety of different techniques. Paintings present 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 feature, 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 – 19 April 2020
£7.50 Day Pass | Lightbox Members Free | Under 21s Free


Associated Events

Curator’s Talk: David Hockney
Tues 28 January, 7.00pm – 8.00pm

£10 Adults | £8 Lightbox Members
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Hockney and Landscape: Past, Present and Future
Tues 4 February, 7.00pm – 8.00pm
£10 Adults | £8 Lightbox Members
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Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Exhibition Tour
Wed 26 February, 9.45am – 10.30am
£10 Adults | £8 Lightbox Members
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The Queen’s Window by David Hockney at Westminster Abbey 
Thurs 12 March, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
£10 Adults | £8 Lightbox Members
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Audio-Described Tour and Workshop
Thurs 5 March, 10.30am - 12.30pm
£4 Adults | Free for Caregivers
To book please contact Vicky Thompson, Learning and Engagement Officer, at [email protected] or call 01483 737815

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Exhibition Tour 
Wed 25 March, 9.45am – 10.30am
£10 Adults | £8 Lightbox Members
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