Self Portrait, 22nd November 2021, Acrylic on canvas

Hockney’s Eye: The Art and Technology of Depiction at Cambridge University

At Cambridge University, England, in the Fitzwilliam Museum’s picture galleries and Downing College’s Heong Gallery, Hockney’s Eye: The Art and Depiction of Technology opens March 15. A physical revisiting of Hockney’s popular, and controversial book Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters (2001), which is over twenty years old, the pages spring to life with artefacts and examples throughout the exhibition amplifying the central ideas and casting new light on Hockney’s engaging theories. Hockney’s drawings, paintings and digital works are shown in a series of provocative encounters with works by Claude Monet, John Constable, and Andy Warhol and others in an accompanying installation at The Heong including Hockney's iconic Grand Canyon I (2017). Optics being the germ of Hockney’s resilient theory, optical instruments across the ages are chiefly displayed in The Fitzwilliam’s main galleries. The conversation is still alive, over twenty years after its inception. Questions of depiction, space, science and philosophy are addressed once again and are an ever present concern of Hockney’s to this day. The exhibition travels to Teyler’s Museum in Haarlem, Netherlands in September.

Martin Kemp. London. 22nd June 1999, 1999

Santa Monica Boulevard sees the light once more

I Am Here: Home Movies and Everyday Masterpieces opens in April at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Hockney is represented by Santa Monica Boulevard, a monumental, unfinished work from 1978 - 1980 loaned by The David Hockney Foundation. Rarely exhibited, Its impact is summed up in the article headline "Giant David Hockney painting, unseen in nearly 30 years, steals the show at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario".

Santa Monica Boulevard, 1980

Salts Mill

David Hockney: A Year in Normandie, was first exhibited to great effect at the revered Musée de l'Orangerie, October 2021, in Paris,. Hockney had initially found inspiration for the work on a visit to The Bayeux Museum in Normandy during the Covid Pandemic where the 11th Century, 231ft (70m), embroidered Tapestry is kept. Impressed with its pictorial strength and similarity to Chinese scroll painting, its graphic clarity, and its great length. Hockney’s Year in Normandie is shown at Bayeux as a counterpoint to its inspiration. The work went on to be installed in a dedicated space at Salt’s Mill, in Yorkshire.

A Year in Normandie 2020–2021, Composite iPad painting (detail)

Paradise Found

Self Portrait with Striped Shirt, 1983

Hockney – Matisse. Un Paradis retrouvé is on show at the Musée Matisse in Nice, from 9 June to 18 September as part of the 2022 Nice Art Biennale. A rapport between Matisse and Hockney is set up in order to show the convergences and divergences of their work. One section, called "Fresh Flowers", is devoted to Hockney's iPad "bouquets". The museum is housed in the Villa des Arènes, a seventeenth-century villa sited amid ancient Roman ruins.


  • David Hockney: INSIGHTS (Reflecting the Tate Collection), Kunstforum Vienna, Austria (Feb 10–Jun 19).
  • Hockney's Eye: The Art and Technology of Depiction, The Fitzwilliam Museum and Heong Gallery, Cambridge, UK (Mar 15–Aug 29); catalogue.
  • A Year in Normandie, Salts Mill, Shipley, UK (Apr 30–Sep 21).
  • David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020, Sabanci University, Sakup Sabanci Museum, Istanbul (May 11–Jul 29).
  • Love Life: David Hockney Drawings 1963–1977, The Holburne Museum, Bath, UK (May 27–Sep 18).
  • Hockney–Matisse -- un paradis retrouvé, Musée Matisse, Nice, France (Jun 9–Sep 18); catalogue.
  • David Hockney. Focus Moving, In the Context of Tate's Collection, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland (Jul 8–Oct 30).
  • The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020, Art Institute of Chicago (Aug 20, 2022–Jan 9, 2023).
  • A Year in Normandie, Bayeux Museum, Bayeux, France (Sep 22, 2022–Apr 23, 2023).
  • Hockney's Eye: The Art and Technology of Depiction, Teylers Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (Sep 24, 2022–Jan 29, 2023).


  • I am Here: Home Movies and Everyday Masterpieces, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (Apr 11–Aug 14).
  • Portrait of a Nation: 2022 Honorees, National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C. (Nov 10, 2022–Oct 22, 2023).
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