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Royal Academy of Arts

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Hardcover, 9.75 x 6.75 in. / 168 pgs / 140 color.

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London, UK
Royal Academy of Arts, 03/27/21–08/22/21

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David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring in Normandy, 2020

Interview by Edith Devaney.

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring in Normandy, 2020

An uplifting celebration of spring and the power of art against lockdown: Hockney’s new iPad drawings, in an intimate sketchbook format

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At the beginning of 2020, just as global COVID-19 restrictions were coming into force, David Hockney was at his new house, studio and garden in Normandy. From there, he witnessed the arrival of spring, and recorded the blossoming of the surrounding landscape on his iPad, a method of drawing he has been using for over a decade.

Drawing outdoors was an antidote to the anxiety of the moment for Hockney; “we need art, and I do think it can relieve stress,” he says. This uplifting publication—produced to accompany a major exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts—includes 116 of these new iPad drawings and shows to full effect Hockney's singular skill in capturing the exuberance of nature. The book begins with an interview with the show's curator, Edith Devaney, in which Hockney discusses his heralding of the spring. It also features augmented reality, an exciting technology that enables smartphones and tablets to recognize printed images and play a related film or animation.

David Hockney (born 1937) is one of the most significant British artists of the 20th century. He attended the Royal College of Art in London and exhibited in one of the first British Pop art shows. In 1964 he moved to Los Angeles, where he lived for many years before returning to his native Yorkshire for a time. In addition to painting, Hockney has pursued photography, collage and printmaking as well as digital illustration. He lives and works in Normandy, France.


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Created while sheltering in place at his home in the French countryside last year as the first wave of lockdowns swept the globe, the serial landscapes—including water lilies àla Monet and fruit trees slowly bursting into bloom—speak to the liberating power of creativity. “We need art, and I do think it can relieve stress,” Hockney said in an interview with the exhibition’s curator, Edith Devaney, which opens the volume.The book also includes an augmented reality feature that allows smartphones to scan images and play a corresponding animation.

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Immersing himself in a bucolic farm setting, David Hockney finds inspired relief from lockdown.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/12/2021

For the gardener in your life: David Hockney's recent iPad drawings of springtime in Normandy

For the gardener in your life: David Hockney's recent iPad drawings of springtime in Normandy

Featured spreads are from David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring in Normandy, 2020. Collecting 140 remarkable, super-vivid iPad drawings Hockney made on his property in northern France during lockdown, this intimate, sketchbook-like volume is easily one of our favorite Holiday Gift Books for Gardeners, ever. In an interview published in the book, former Royal Academy of Arts curator and current Hockney managing director Edith Devaney remarks: "David I think it’s fascinating how your work in one medium informs the way you approach the next. The printmaking that came quite early on informed your painting and photographic collage work and those in turn changed the way you painted later. It will be really fascinating to see how these iPad works, so sophisticated now, alter your mark-making on canvas. I can’t help but mention Monet, seeing as we’re in Normandy…
Hockney replies, "Yes, he was at Giverny for forty years, he saw forty springs, forty summers, forty autumns and forty winters. I mean, the accumulation of all that must have been magnificent for him in his mind and in the way he’d look at paintings. I know how exciting it must have been for him, I know, because you’re always wondering when will the first day be, the first little shoots, you’re looking out for them, it’s very exciting. I’m sure Monet was excited every day of his life, and he painted that way, didn’t he?" continue to blog


DAVID HOCKNEY MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

David Hockney: A Yorkshire Sketchbook

DAVID HOCKNEY: A YORKSHIRE SKETCHBOOK

ROYAL ACADEMY PUBLICATIONS

ISBN: 9781907533235
USD $25.00
| CAN $34.5

Pub Date: 1/3/2012
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David Hockney: Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

DAVID HOCKNEY: SIX FAIRY TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM

ROYAL ACADEMY PUBLICATIONS

ISBN: 9781907533242
USD $25.00
| CAN $34.5

Pub Date: 3/1/2012
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David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring in Normandy, 2020

DAVID HOCKNEY: THE ARRIVAL OF SPRING IN NORMANDY, 2020

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

ISBN: 9781912520640
USD $29.95
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Pub Date: 8/10/2021
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David Hockney: Drawing from Life

DAVID HOCKNEY: DRAWING FROM LIFE

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON

ISBN: 9781855147973
USD $45.00
| CAN $63

Pub Date: 4/28/2020
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David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life

DAVID HOCKNEY: 82 PORTRAITS AND 1 STILL-LIFE

ROYAL ACADEMY PUBLICATIONS

ISBN: 9781910350287
USD $45.00
| CAN $60

Pub Date: 8/23/2016
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