Ends 7 May 2021
Anybody who caught the David Hockney exhibition A Bigger Picture at the Royal Academy back in 2012 will know that his iPad pictures are full of the sort of joy and energy that we really need right now. So it’s great news that Hockney, who on turning eighty moved to La Grande Cour, a centuries-old farmhouse in Normandy and has been busy painting there all during the pandemic, is now showing another exhibition of works at the Royal Academy from 23rd May 2021 called The Arrival Of Spring, Normandy, 2020.
Page 251, No 187, 11 April 2020 © David Hockney
Alongside this show and just published is a new book called Spring Cannot Be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy by Martin Gayford and David Hockney (published by Thames & Hudson) based on a series of conversations and correspondence between Hockney and the art critic Gayford, his long-time friend and collaborator. Their exchanges are illustrated by a selection of Hockney’s new Normandy drawings and paintings alongside works by van Gogh, Monet, Bruegel and more. Hockney might have moved on from LA and Yorkshire but he still finds in Northern France the themes that have fascinated him for decades: light, colour, space, perception, water and trees.
Page 32:33 David Hockney, The Entrance” 2019 © David Hockney
And we’re delighted to say that we have a copy of Spring Cannot Be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy by Martin Gayford and David Hockney to give away. Just enter into our competition below and we will pick one lucky winner out of a hat after 5pm on Friday 7th May 2021. (Please note that the book will be sent directly from the publishers to the winner.) Good luck!