The Heong Gallery
HOCKNEY'S EYE: The Art and Technology of Depiction
Opens Tuesday 15 March 2022
David Hockney (b. 1937, Bradford) is perhaps the most intellectually restless of contemporary painters. In his use of cameras, digital drawing, the iPad, and digital film, he is following a tradition of creative experiments with optical devices that goes back from Ingres’ camera lucida to Canaletto’s camera obscura and right back to the birth of Renaissance naturalism in the fifteenth century.
Hockney’s Eye explores the artist’s pioneering modern experiments in bringing hand, eye, and optical instrument together inventively. Spread across The Heong Gallery and The Fitzwilliam Museum, the exhibition is in conversation with many of the academic enquiries and art treasures that make Cambridge a cultural and intellectual powerhouse.
Image: David Hockney "Grand Canyon I" 2017 Acrylic on canvas 48 x 96" (hexagonal)
© David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt