Photo: Richard Schmidt

A solo show of works by celebrated British artist David Hockney will open on July 1 at STPI Gallery.

Titled David Hockney: A Matter Of Perspective, the exhibition will feature 36 prints, drawn mostly from the Singapore Art Museum's collection. It runs until Sept 9 and admission is free.

Turning 80 next month, Hockney is often credited as being one of the most influential 20th-century British artists. He is known for his vibrant paintings of Los Angeles swimming pools and penchant for embracing technology throughout his six decades of work. A recent retrospective of his work at Tate Britain was its most visited show, with the museum opening till midnight during its closing weekend to deal with the overwhelming demand. Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will also open shows on the artist later this year.

This is the second time STPI Gallery is organising a Hockney show. Its first was in 2011 and some works in this show are the same. However, this exhibition focuses on his unique approach to the idea of perspective in painting. For example, new to this show is a 2014 work, 4 Blue Stools, which depicts a scene taken from multiple angles and comprising multiple shots, challenging expectations of what a photograph should be.

The artist, who is still active, is known for experimenting with technologies and styles, including painting on the iPad. His works in the national collection are part of a collection of prints by American master printer Kenneth Tyler, who founded the Singapore Tyler Print Institute in 2002. It is now known as STPI. Hockney used to work with Tyler in his print workshops in the United States. 


WHERE: STPI Gallery, 41 Robertson Quay

WHEN: July 1 to Sept 9, 10am to 7pm (weekdays), 9am to 6pm (Saturdays), closed on Sundays and public holidays




Adapted from The Straits Times