David Hockney: Early reflections
11 October 2013 - 16 March 2014
'Man in Shower in Beverly Hills', 1964 © David Hockney. Photo © Tate, London 2013
David Hockney is considered to be one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. This new exhibition brings together a unique selection of paintings and prints, which chart the early development of this iconic British artist.
Featuring work from the Walker’s own collection, including Peter Getting out of Nick's Pool , which won the John Moores Painting Prize in 1967, together with key pieces from the Arts Council Collection and other loans, the exhibition explores Hockney’s early influences.
With almost 40 pieces on display, dating between 1960 to 1978, the exhibition is an insight into Hockney’s prodigious talent which was evident even as a student.
Through recurring obsessions such as the evolving references to his own homosexuality, depictions of the reflective qualities of water and his persistent return to portraiture, the exhibition reveals how his style, which flourished during the 1960s, had changed dramatically by the early 1970s.
- In the Mood for Love - looks at some of the major early paintings that Hockney produced at the Royal College of Art (1959-62).
- Picturing Poetry - explores Hockney’s interest in poetry and looks at how he was inspired by the poems of one of his favourite writers, Constantine P Cavafy.
- On Reflection - shows a selection of Hockney’s water-themed paintings. Those of swimming pools are among his most renowned.
- Familiar Faces - looks at Hockney's portraits, which include images of his friends.
Video - a curator's view
Head of Fine Art, Ann Bukantas, picks her favourite work from the exhibition. Watch the video here.
Buy an audio tour
An audio tour for this exhibition is available from the welcome desk at the Walker Art Gallery and costs £1.95. It will give you a tour of the highlights of the David Hockney exhibition and provide an insight into his inspirations. The tour also includes a selection of paintings from the Walker's collection displays, which explore related themes.
Two tours for £3.50
Take advantage of our special offer! For £3.50 visitors can take two tours: either one person taking both the David Hockney tour and the Walker highlights tour , or two people each taking a tour, either Hockney or highlights.
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).