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Further musings on the David Hockney ‘A Bigger Picture Exhibition’:

I’m still in two minds about this work. If it were anyone, rather than David Hockney I would probably think it unsucessful for the following reasons. Many of the paintings are huge – literally ‘big country’ yet no UK landscape could be said to compare with US vistas scale wise. The colours are bright and garish and very exaggerated and the painting crudely executed. To me most British landscape is benign and subtle, often carefully tended and changing slowly from season to season. None of this is reflected in Hockney’s work. So what redeems this exhibition? The room with mountain vistas – this did work – the scale is right.


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