David Hockney Discusses Perspective At Annely Juda Fine Art

David Hockney

Annely Juda Fine Art will present David Hockney ‘Painting and Photography’ and ‘The Arrival of Spring’. The first show is an exploration of David Hockney’s interest in perspective and features a series of group portraits, including those of card players, and other portraits and scenes painted in his Los Angeles studio in 2014 and 2015.

David Hockney’s comment on the paintings and photographs said: “Painters have always known there is something wrong with perspective.

The problem is the foreground and the vanishing point. The reason we have perspective with a vanishing point, is that it came from optics. I am sure that that’s what Brunelleschi did. He used a five inch diameter concave mirror to project the Baptistry onto his panel. This gives automatically a perspective picture, just like a camera would. This is why there is always a void between you and the photograph. I am taking this void away, to put you in the picture.

I made the paintings of the card players first. That helped me work out how to photograph them. Everything in the photographs is taken very close. The heads the jackets and shirt and shoes are all photographed up close. Each photograph has a vanishing point, so instead of just one I get many vanishing points. It is this that I think gives them an almost 3D effect without the glasses. I think this opens up photography into something new.

If you really think about it, I know the single photograph cannot be seen as the ultimate realist picture. Well not now. Digital photography can free us from a chemically imposed perspective that has lasted for 180 years.”

Image: David Hockney The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) – 27 April (2011) iPad drawing printed on paper, edition of 25. Courtesy of the gallery.

Annely Juda will follow this first exhibition with a further selection of works from the British artist in ‘The Arrival of Spring’ from 9 July to 29 August 2015. The exhibition includes 16 standard sized iPad prints and 4 large iPad prints of the final release of David Hockney’s iPad prints from the series ‘The Arrival of Spring’

David Hockney: Painting and Photography – Annely Juda Fine Art – 15 May to 27 June 2015

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring – Annely Juda Fine Art – 9 July to 29 August 2015


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