Hockney's life drawings at Bath

July 11 2022

Image of Hockney's life drawings at Bath

Picture: Holburne Museum

I like the look of the new exhibition at the Holburne Museum in Bath, devoted to life rawings by David Hockney. I think he's one of the greatest portrait draughtsmen in British art. In the FT, Jackie Wulschlager is similarly impressed:

There is no surface that David Hockney cannot capture in a few strokes: a café table crawling with ants in Luxor; sun-bleached, sharp-angled modernist facades on a Los Angeles boulevard; a French provincial hotel’s parquet floor illuminated as light falls across ornamental iron balcony railings. Jowly ageing poets — W H Auden, Stephen Spender — resemble weathered cliff faces. The exuberance of London restaurateur Peter Langan bursts out through his busy kitchen worktop — lobster, colander, grater, wine glass.

The show runs till 18th September.

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