David Hockney in San Francisco

david hockney self portrait

For me, David Hockney is one of them artists that creates just as many great paintings as he does terrible paintings. So I can’t say I love the artist, I have to say that I love his good works.. and bad works, not so much. Anyway, the artist is now showing at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California through to the 20th of January.

There are a number of his monumental, multi panel landscape paintings and digital movies depicting England, Iceland, Norway and California. There’s also a number of his iPad Photoshop drawings of the Yosemite region.

monumental david hockney landscape

David Hockney – Bigger Trees Nearer Warter, Winter 2008. Oil on nine canvases (36 x 48 in. each) 108 x 144 in. overall. © 2013 David Hockney.

big hockney landscape

David Hockney – Woldgate Woods, 30 March–21 April 2006. Oil On 6 Canvases (36 X 48 inches each) 72 x 144 inches overall. © 2013 David Hockney.

hockney self portrait

David Hockney – Self Portrait with Charlie, 2005. Oil on canvas, 72 x 36 in. © 2013 David Hockney.

david hockney ipad drawing

David Hockney, Yosemite II, October 5th 2011. iPad Drawing printed on six sheets of paper (71 3/4 x 35 3/4 in. each) © 2013 David Hockney

Richard Benefield, deputy director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and organizer of the exhibition says..

Like an artist alchemist, in one minute Hockney uses a fancy digital device to make a colorful iPad drawing; in the next he shows us that he is one of our greatest draftsmen by rendering an exactingly detailed charcoal drawing of a forest scene in East Yorkshire.

Find out more about David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s de Young Museum at their website here.

About Dion

Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Saw his exhibition in London. Most impressive and innovating

  2. While I love some of his works from teh 70s, especially here in SoCal and his Mulholland Dr mural, it always amazes me how people clamor on about his drawing. He absolutely sucks, but then dont all academic stiffies? Saw his show here about drawing and it was laughable, but after he started to do theatre sets in the early 70s his work opened up and when doing like Matisse cutouts only in paint, he an be great.
    But really, Really? REALLY???

  3. Yeah, his good work is really good and his bad work is really bad. I’m almost on your anti-academic bandwagon too Donald.. in area of study though, not just art.


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