Made By Mrs M

David Hockney

Art, Exhibition, London, Painting, Photography, ReviewKate Marsden

I know, I know, better late than never!

I attempted to visit the current Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain on the day it opened - made it to I think the third or fourth room, then got a call telling me to go straight home, as my son was ill and had been sent home from school... Now one of the great things about being a Tate member is that, annoying as this was, I could go back again without having to pay, so I finally made it back a couple of weeks ago.

I've always been a fan of David Hockney (evidenced by the fact that I own two massive books of his work, one of which I bought as a teenager). The last exhibition at the Royal Academy a few years ago was brilliant, but the current show at Tate is a more complete retrospective, including all the crowd pleasers and lots more besides.

David Hockney  Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1971 Private Collection© David Hockney

David Hockney  Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1971 Private Collection© David Hockney

The only downside for me was just how incredibly busy it was - at 1pm on a Wednesday during term time... Hard to see many of the pieces and a bit tiring and frustrating by the end - it was busier on my second visit than on my first, but then word's got out! Here was the only quiet moment...

Despite my frustrations though I did still really enjoy it - it was good to see how his work and style have progressed during his career, and I came away not only wanting to get the paints out, but the camera and the iPad and everything else too (it's beyond me why I can't draw like that on an iPad.... *cough*).

It was clear walking through the galleries that Hockney really is a national treasure. On both occasions I visited, I overhead people saying they never go to galleries but couldn't miss this one, and one guy telling his friend that his Mum "hates art but loves David Hockney" - so whether you think that makes him too popular or just really good is up to you. Either way, I'm still a fan...

David Hockney is at Tate Britain until 29 May 2017.