David Hockney – Tate Britain

“Art has to move you and design does not, unless it’s a good design for a bus” – David Hockney. 

David Hockney - Tate Britain, London | Karoliina Kazi

A few days ago we checked out a marvellous exhibition in London.

David Hockney

David Hockney, Model With Unfinished Self-Portrait, 1977, oil paint on canvas, 1524 x 1524 mm, Private collection c/o Eykyn Maclean – Image source: Tate Britain

Like us, you may have been obsessed with David Hockney’s works for years and admired them from afar without ever seeing them in person. Well, now you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, not only to see a few but an extensive selection of his unforgettable works together under one roof, from his early days to present. I have written about him / Tate Britain before here.

David Hockney

David Hockney, Domestic Scene, Los Angeles, 1963, Oil paint on canvas, 1530 x 1530 mm, Private collection – Image source: Tate Britain

A man with many talents and an important figure in the pop art movement of the 1960s, Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

David Hockney

David Hockney, Portrait Of An Artist (Pool With Two Figures), 1972, Acrylic paint on canvas, 2140 x 3048 mm, Lewis Collection. Photo: Art Gallery Of New South Wales/Jenni Carter – Image source: Tate Britain

You’re not allowed photography inside, but I’ve included a few of my favourite paintings from the Tate Britain website.

David Hockney

David Hockney, Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy, 1968, Acrylic paint on canvas, 2120 x 3035 mm, Private collection – Image source: Tate Britain

David Hockney

David Hockney, Peter Getting Out of Nick’s Pool, 1966, Acrylic paint on canvas, 1520 x 1520 mm, National Museums Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery. Presented by Sir John Moores 1968. 
Photo: Richard Schmidt – Image source: Tate Britain

My Parents’, David Hockney, 1977 – Image source: Tate Britain

Tate Britain’s exhibition gathers together an extensive selection of Hockney’s most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades.

As he approaches his 80th birthday, Hockney continues to change his style and ways of working, embracing new technologies as he goes. The exhibition is simply incredible! Come and see for yourself.

David Hockney Billy + Audrey Wilder, Los Angeles, April 1982 1982 Composite Polaroid – Image source: Tate Britain

If you find yourself in London, please promise me you’ll visit?


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9 February – 29 May 2017


  1. 11th April 2017 / 10:14 am

    I love his art pieces, I wish I could visit London while they are in Tate! Btw I cannot stop laughing to the beginning quote haha!

    • 14th April 2017 / 11:05 am

      Hi Nora! He’s definitely got a sense of humour 🙂 It is a great exhibition and it was so nice to finally see so many of his works – who knows, maybe the exhibition will travel to Helsinki at some point! K x

  2. 11th April 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Nää on ihan törkeen upeita! Toi uima-allaskuva jotenkin kolahti.

    • 14th April 2017 / 11:10 am

      Joo, Hockeyn vesielementti maalaukset on kauniita ja toi Hollywood elämäntyyli viestittyy niistä upeasti. Siellä oli myös uima-allastaidetta jotka hän on tehnyt yhdistelemällä polaroid kuvia – ne oli kans ihan mielettömän makeita.

    • 14th April 2017 / 11:11 am

      Hi Emma! In that case, even more so, I’m glad you liked it!

  3. Anastasia Nicole
    12th April 2017 / 3:17 am

    LOVE these pieces. Sadly I won’t be anywhere near the Tate until next year.
    xx A

  4. 17th April 2017 / 7:52 pm

    I’ve never visited the Tate but it’s definitely on my list! I hope this exhibition makes it to Finland one of these days..

    • 17th April 2017 / 10:48 pm

      David Hockney’s art is incredible and I love how he is still (at 80 years) coming up with new techniques, such as iPad art. You can see the famous “The Splash” painting at Tate Britain throughout the year. I hope the exhibition comes to Finland, Im sure people would love it.

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