Handmade Hockney

Listening to the radio and David Hockney talking about his forthcoming exhibition at the RA. Interesting to hear him talk about his ipad drawings as simply a different medium – uniquely good for some things, but not a panacea. He also talked of the essential role of the hand, of the craft and technique of making pictures: work that is ‘made by’ the artist themselves rather than commissioned (in a Damian Hirst sense).

I am looking forward to the exhibition immensely. But the conversation reminded me of a comment I once heard in the National Gallery. It was thirty years ago, on a rainy Sunday afternoon in February, while looking at the Hobbema (still a favourite painting). An old, rather bedraggled, woman, burdened with shopping bags, wandered vaguely through the empty gallery, pausing to look at a painting here and there. On leaving she muttered confidingly to the attendant “Aren’t they wonderful: of course, they’re all handmade you know”. I loved the way it seemingly made a simple (naive) link between Rembrandt and the WI and have always remembered it fondly. Hockney was making exactly the same point.

Profile photo of Dan

About Dan

Senior Advisor, Art Inspector, Member of the Expert Advisory Group for Art, Consultant working with NSEAD, IOE, QCA, UCE, UOG. Currently lecturer at UCL working on a project in Kazakhstan to develop text books for a new art curriculum.
This entry was posted in Art, IT, Just Stuff. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *