David Hockney has delved into his fascination with his native Yorkshire for a new exhibition at the Royal Academy next year focusing on his landscape works, many of which have never been seen.
The exhibit, entitled David Hockney: A Bigger Picture, will showcase 150 works by the artist spanning fifty years, including drawings, film and iPad sketches as well as several large-scale works.
The highlights will include three groups of work made since 2005 when Mr Hockney returned to live in Bridlington, East Yorkshire. These works examine changes in the seasons, the cycle of growth and variations in light conditions.
“You have to know a place to know how to look at it,” Mr Hockney said. “It is a landscape I know from my childhood and it has meaning.”
“I love looking at the world, there is an intense pleasure from my eyes. Enjoyment of the landscape is a thrill.”
Mr Hockney’s depiction of space will be traced in the exhibition from his early works in the 1960s such as Rocky Mountains and Tired Indians, 1965 through to his photocollages of the 1980s and Grand Canyon paintings of the late 1990s.
“I go and sit in a place for a long time. You have to know the optimum time to look at something in nature. Midday is the least interesting time,” Mr Hockney said.
“I worked outside [in Yorkshire] so we could smoke away and not worry about death and the things they talk about. It’s been very good.”
A series of films produced using 18 cameras will also be displayed on multiple screens.
Marco Livingstone, co-curator of the exhibition, said; “David has produced the equivalent of a lifetime of work over the past seven years. In 2005 he went up to Bridlington … and this is the most impressive body of work he has made in his life.”
A Bigger Picture is one of the countdown events to the London 2012 festival, and will run from January 21 to April 9. When asked about his view on the Olympics, Mr Hockney said: “The smoke-free Olympics has nothing to do with me.”