ART: Hockney’s Landscapes

Hockney.jpgYorkshire’sglorious green countryside is celebrated in the new Hockney exhibition at London’s Royal Academy. On huge canvasespieced together, he depicts woodland scenes at different times of day, and indifferent seasons.

Despitethe heaving throngs in the galleries, and the constraints of a timed slot forthe visit, the David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture” exhibition is bright anduplifting, and on a colossal scale: real value for money with hundreds ofpainting on show.

Inthe oils and iPad paintings of the landscape, the colours are vibrant, theoutlines crisp against clear blue skies. Nothing could be more different to theChinese wastelands I’ve just been reading about in “Lost on Planet China.” This isan exhibition to make all expats feel homesick for the lush green woodlands of England.

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