Research point 3 – David Hockney

http://www.davidhockney.co/works/drawings/arrival-of-spring-2013. Viewed 25 August 2017


This is one of a series of 25 drawings using charcoal on paper. It shows five drawings each of five roads at the beginning of spring 2013. The simple media of charcoal has managed to capture a big variety of moods of the roads using a range of different marks. 


Repetition with variation within the set of 25 creates an exciting image that draws you in to look closely and study the differences.

The arrival of spring at Wolgate 

This is one of a series of similar drawings but this time done on the iPad. The mood is different in these drawings. Obviously colour adds another dimension but the quality of the mark is also different. The drawings have a sort of surreal quality, perhaps to do with the slightly unnatural nature of the colours, but also I think to do with the smoothness of the mark. Despite the range of marks available they all lack the tactile nature of a physical media on substrate. That’s not to say I don’t like this. I love the potential of the iPad for drawing, removing without a trace, adding without any fear of contamination. But that same lack of contamination does also mean that it would be very hard to make an organic looking image and loses the dimensions of trace and serendipity that also attracts me. 

https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/david-hockney/#exhi-tab-key-works Viewed 25 August 2017


I am interested in this painting because it shows the potential to create a really large painting by using multiple smaller canvases. This could be applied to quilts or other textile works, where it is difficult to work very large. I also enjoy the intimacy of holding something smaller in my hand, but then the excitement of joining it together into a much larger work with sometimes unexpected results.

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