Friday, February 24, 2017

"In the California Sun"

9 x 12"
oil on panel

This new painting will be in my upcoming show Me Time - opening next Friday night at Robert Lange Studios in Charleston.  I'm psyched.

Let me tell you a little bit about this colorful painting American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman) by David Hockney, painted in 1968.

Hockney, born in the UK, lived in Los Angeles in the mid-60s, inspiring a series of paintings of swimming pools, portraits of friends and associates including the Weisman couple standing in their sculpture garden of their LA home.   Also an avid photographer, Hockney stumbled upon a new technique while using a series of reference photos, creating a collage of imagery as an art form itself.  By the mid-70's, he abandoned painting in favor of photography, lithographs and set designs for theater, opera and ballet, eventually returning to painting in the late 80's.

His truly inventive, brilliant mind led Hockney to explore the newer technologies such as laser printing, making his first homemade prints in the 90's.  In 2009 he began using the Brushes app on an iPad to create paintings, exhibiting over 100 of these works in 2011.

Known to be one of the most influentual British painters, he continues to paint and advocate for funding for the arts.

American Collectors hangs in the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Please click here for a larger view.

1 comment:

carol morgan carmichael said...

Love the painting "California sun" and your painting of it with the woman so perfectly placed for a super composition. Many of the things you shared about Hockney that made him unique I feel could be said of you too!
Would love to go back to Charleston. Best of luck to you with the show. So glad you were featured in "American Artist" too. Kudos!!