At 83, David Hockney — one of the world’s most influential living artists — is thriving during lockdown. “David Hockney: My Normandy,” the British-born painter’s new solo show at L.A. Louver (and his 22nd at the Venice gallery since 1978), is his ode to the changing seasons of the French countryside.
Drawn to Normandy for its pastoral landscapes and rich history, Hockney — who has been capturing the life and style of Southern California since putting down roots in the area in the 1960s — settled into a 17th-century cottage with an adjoining barn-turned-studio in March 2019. What started as a goal to depict the arrival of spring evolved into 16 vibrant works, both ink-drawn pieces and iPad prints, that invite the viewer into his existence, complete with views of the property and the fruit trees, hawthorne thickets and elderflower patches that dot the grounds. Featuring Hockney’s signature line work and eye for detail, the series also offers a look inside Hockney’s studio with pieces such as “Spilt Ink” and “Ruby Dreaming.” Four separate prints depict the artist’s home from each vantage point: north, south, east and west.
Set to go on display for the first time, the exhibition also features two works that pay homage to Hockney’s fascination with the Bayeux Tapestry, housed near his studio in France. Echoing the storytelling format of the 11th-century embroidered work that narrates the story of the Norman conquest of England and life in medieval Europe, two 40-foot-long friezes show Hockney’s home and its surroundings throughout the passing seasons. Through May 1. lalouver.com