David Hockney, father of British Pop Art, is seduced by Andalusia. And more specifically Muslim architecture, with colorful tiles, fountains and patios, of some of its major cities: Cordova, Granada and Seville. A seduction that reflected in a series of watercolors and large ups. The collection is displayed for the first time in the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy in London, an annual event open to both established artists as novices and held since 1768.
Hockney first visited Andalusia in January. At 67 years old, traveled by car from London and ended up in Madrid, attracted by the work of Goya in the Prado Museum. Southbound followed by scenarios that reminded the Western United States, where in the seventies emigrated to escape the darkness of his native Bradford.
The result of two weeks wandering the Cordoba Mosque, by the Alhambra in Granada and Seville Gardens, is a collection of six watercolors Hockney large shows for the first time in the popular Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy in London. In contrast to the landscape of the Grand Canyon, strong shades and even strident, his series Andalusia is dominated by the soft colors and delicate brush strokes with which columns outlined, palms, arches, sources and tile with its perfect geometry.
Open to the public this week, a total of 1.245 works by contemporary artists, established and unknown, the exhibition of the Royal Academy invades the noble rooms and central courtyard to London Academy 16 August. Hockney himself, in collaboration with the artist Allen Jones, has helped in the selection of works and has been responsible for assembling the same. There are pictures, sculptures, drawings, prints and architectural models. Most works are for sale.
A proposal of the Commissioners, exposure turns his weight in the drawing. Collect work members of the Academy, of aspiring artists and designers working in other branches; among themselves, Michael Clark, dancer and choreographer, or the filmmaker Alan Parker. The exhibition also offers a tribute to British and foreign scholars died in the last year.
Source of text: The Country
NOTE: The image of the picture is taken from their website. While watercolors exhibited, has however subsequently painting larger with the reason for the Mosque:
Andalucia, Mosques, Cordova 2004, oil on canvas, 136×48 in.