David Hockney says painting is ‘all I want to do’ ahead of immersive exhibition

David Hockney has spoken about his upcoming immersive experience, which will launch in London early next year (Victoria Jones/PA) (PA Archive)

David Hockney said “I usually draw or paint, that’s all I want to do now”, ahead of the launch of his immersive experience early next year.

The show, created by the 85-year-old Bradford-born artist, will launch in January at Lightroom, a new four-storey venue in King’s Cross, London.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the show, which will give visitors the chance to engage with audio and visuals to follow a journey through his art, Hockney told the BBC: “I usually draw or paint, that’s all i want to do now.

“I mean, I’m 85, how much time do I have left?” I’m a smoker, but I’m maybe five, I don’t know, and that’s all I want to do.

The experience, David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (Not Smaller & Further Away), will use virtual reality with immersive audio and visual techniques to guide visitors through the world of Hockney, featuring some of Hockney’s most recognizable paintings. artist alongside rarely seen pieces and new creations. work.

Hockney will reveal his artistic approaches through a cycle of six thematic chapters, with a score specially composed by the American composer Nico Muhly and a commentary by Hockney himself.

The artist said the very fact that he was alive helped put the finishing touches on the exhibit.

“I think it’s very good actually,” he said.

“I mean, I haven’t seen Van Gogh’s or Monet’s, but they’re not alive.

“I’m alive. I could adjust things. Draw things specifically for that.

Through the use of virtual reality, visitors will see Hockney experiment with perspective, use photography as a way to “draw with a camera”, capture the passing of time in his Polaroid collages and the joy of spring in the using an iPad.

Reflecting on his thought process when creating his work, Hockney added, “For a work of art, it takes the hand, the eye and the heart. Two will not be enough.

“Well, when I read that years ago, I thought it was true. Absolutely true.”

After three years of collaborating on the project, Hockney and the creators of Lightroom will debut the show, which is set to be the first in a repertoire of original shows, on January 25.

David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (Not Smaller & Further Away) will initially run from January 25 to April 23 at Lightroom in King’s Cross.

Tickets are on sale now.

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