Detail of 'Man in Shower in Beverly Hills', 1964 © David Hockney. Photo © Tate, London 2013
An illuminating new exhibition of the early work of David Hockney will go on display at the Walker Art Gallery in October 2013. Bringing together a unique selection of paintings and prints by the artist it will chart the development of Hockney's style and subject matter during the swinging 1960s and into the following decade.
Paintings from his time at the Royal College of Art include evolving references to his own homosexuality. Later on in the decade, after a transformative move to sunny Los Angeles, his work becomes more openly homoerotic and celebrates his bohemian lifestyle.
Through other recurring obsessions, such as his depiction of the reflective qualities of water, the exhibition reveals how his style had changed drastically by the early 1970s. The Walker's painting 'Peter Getting out of Nick's Pool', which won the John Moores Painting Prize in 1967, together with key works from the Arts Council Collection, are at the centre of this fascinating exploration of an iconic British artist.
There will also be an audio guide for this exhibition, which will be available to buy at the Walker welcome desk.
'David Hockney: Early reflections' is part of National Museums Liverpool's Modern Masters exhibition series part funded by the European Union - the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The exhibition is also part of the 'Arts Council Collection Partnerships sponsored by Christie's' programme and Homotopia festival 2013.
Find out more about David Hockney: Early reflections.