David Hockney’s The Arrival of Spring
23 February 2015
The title of Hockney’s ‘The Arrival of Spring’ show seemed a far off wish on the grey, windy and very wet day we visited. Housed in the impressive Salts Mills building in Bradford, the show exhibited Hockney’s iPad drawings depicting the arrival of spring in the Yorkshire Wolds in 2011.
In stark contrast to the weather outside the show was colourful, vivid and exuberant. The sheer brightness of the prints lit up the lofty space. Close up the prints appear like montage of random dashes, strokes and dots. But as you step back the rural scenes take form.
Bursting with colour and energy, the works showcase the ever-changing seasonal tones of the Yorkshire countryside. I have never actually seen so many people with smiles on their faces at an art exhibition. I think the appearance of so much colour genuinely cheered everyone up.
To think these artworks had been created on a iPad further illustrates the evolving nature and creative genius of Hockney. His message is to never stop looking, and appreciate nature at all times, there is always something fascinating to see; come sun, wind and of course rain!