The Digital Work of David Hockney; The Generative Work of Tyler Hobbs

David Hockney

The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian is honoring seven extraordinary individuals who have made transformative contributions to the United States and its people with the 2022 Portrait of a Nation Awards.

One of those awards is going to Clive Davis, who will be represented in the Gallery by a portrait creative by David Hockney.

Davis is a record producer, lawyer and philanthropist who has won five Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer in 2000.

What makes the painting so special is not just the subject, but the fact that David Hockney accepted the commission. He has always painted friends and family and rarely accepts commissions. He even refused to paint a portrait of Queen Elizabeth, but did accept a commission to design a series of stained glass windows for Westminster Abbey in 2018.

He also accepted a commission last year, from London’s mayor, to design a sign for the Piccadilly Circus underground station. His simple design, a bright yellow circle, with Piccadilly Circus written in a rectangle across the center, received a lot of ribbing from the public…some who thought they could do better. But Hockney is a genius, his sign unforgettable.

Hockney has always been interested in technology, even the technology used by artists during the 15th and 16th century Renaissance. He and physicist Charles M. Falco studied the works of the Old Masters and concluded that they used instruments, like the camera obscura, curved mirrors and other optical tools to get the accuracy and realism in their works. In 2001, Hockney published Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters.

His fascination with new technology led Hockney to use Polaroids when they were first developed. He has become a master of the iPad. Five leading galleries, in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, will be exhibiting some of his iPad drawings this month.

David Hockney’s digital works have been shown in museums and galleries around the world. His subject matter is recognizable, he is one of the world’s most beloved, and sought after, artists. His 1972 painting, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold at Christie’s New York for $90 million in 2018.

Tyler Hobbs

Artists, like Tyler Hobbs, are creating digital, or generative art, and have taken the use of technology a step further than David Hockney has…so far.

Hobbs studied painting and drawing and has a B.S. degree in Computer Science. He uses his drawings as inspiration for his works. He creates a unique computer program for each piece and works with a printshop to complete each work.

Museums like MoMA and the Guggenheim have recently hired curators to focus on acquiring and displaying generative art.

Museums have been historically slow to embrace new technology. The first photography exhibit in an American museum was held at the Buffalo Albright-Know Art Gallery Museum  in 1910…100 years after the invention of photography.

We have recently acquired works by Tyler Hobbs, whose generative art pieces are some of the most sought after in the art market.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of David Hockney and Tyler Hobbs, available at VFA.


References:
Farah Nayeri. David Hockney Wouldn’t Paint the Queen. But He Made Her a Stained-Glass Window. The New York Times. October 2, 2018.
Elaine Velie. Fauci and Williams Sisters Honored in New Portraits Headed to DC. Hyperallergic. November 1, 2022.
National Portrait Gallery Announces “Portrait of a Nation: 2022 Honorees,” Exhibition of Newly Commissioned Portraits, To Open Nov. 10. The Smithsonian. November 1, 2022.
Fang Block. David Hockney’s Digital Paintings to Go on an International Exhibition. Barrons/Penta. October 20, 2022.
Lucy Middleton. Londoners think they can do better as they mock new Piccadilly Circus design Metro/London. May 12, 2021.
Chris Williams. Fidenza Creator Tyler Hobbs Raises $16.75M on QQL NFT Drop. Crypto Briefing. September 28, 2022.
Zachary Small. Even as NFTs Plummet, Digital Artists Find Museums Are Calling. The New York Times. November 2, 2022.

David Hockney: Moving Focus, Artle: Wordle for Art Lovers

David Hockney 1937 –

David Hockney’s works are currently on display in museums and galleries in Europe and the U.S.

Hockney moved to a farmhouse in Normandy in 2019 and painted the changing of the seasons on his iPad. He put together 220 of the iPad drawings to create a 314-foot frieze that is currently on display in an ongoing exhibit at the Salts Mill Gallery in Yorkshire.

An exhibit comparing Hockney’s work alongside of those of Henri Matisse is on display at the Matisse Museum in Nice. Hockney’s works, in a variety of media, are on exhibit at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. A retrospective of his works, called The Moving Focus, including works from the Tate collection, is being shown at the Kuntsmuseum in Lucerne. Hockney created the Moving Focus series, in which he dealt with time, space and perspective. Works from the Moving Focus series are available at VFA.

Hockney has always been interested in technology, from the wide-angle lens camera to the iPad. Because of the backlighting on the iPad, he can draw at night, or at daybreak, creating paintings like Early Morning, and My Shirt and Trousers, available at VFA.

“There’s a speed to the iPad that’s fascinating,” he said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Company, “because any draftsman is interested in speed, quickness. I was sitting on my bed in Bridlington and I said, ‘Look at that cup just there. Now watch.’ I just opened the iPad and drew it. I hadn’t moved. I hadn’t got up for a glass of water. I hadn’t got up to get a brush. I hadn’t got up to get anything. So I drew the cup at the moment of inspiration. I simply said, ‘Oh, it’s a good shape. I’ll draw it.’ Whereas even a little box of watercolours, you might have to get up, get a glass, do this, do that. So there’s a fantastic speed to it, if you carry it about like I do and treat it like a sketchpad.”

Artle: Wordle for Art Lovers

The National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington has launched Artle, a new game for art enthusiasts. Based on the popularity of Wordle, the game shows players four works of art from its extensive collection of 155,00 works by 15,000 artists.

The player is shown a work of art and asked to guess the artist. If the first guess is incorrect the player is shown a second work by the artist, then a third and a fourth. The artist’s identity is revealed after four guesses.

Many of the artists are easily identifiable by art lovers, but many are not.

A great feature of the game is a link that goes to a site with more information about the artist and their artworks.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of David Hockney or any of the other fine artists whose works are available at VFA.


References:
Jo Lawson-Tancred. David Hockney Has Created His Largest Painting Ever—a 314-Foot Frieze Inspired by His Year in Lockdown. Artnet News. May 11, 2022.
Artist David Hockney is a master of reinvention — from the swimming pools of LA, to the forests of England. Interview/CBC Radio. November 15, 2011/Updated July 22, 2022.
Jess Eng. ‘Wordle’ fan? The National Gallery of Art has launched a copycat. The Washington Post. June 30, 2022.
Ayun Halliday. Play “Artle,” an Art History Version of Wordle: A New Game from the National Gallery of Art. Open Culture. June 3, 2022.
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher. Meet Artle, The Wordle Spinoff For Art Lovers. Forbes. May 20, 2022.

Honoring the Printmaker

A current exhibit at the Albuquerque Museum pays tribute to master printers. It is their skills, talents and ability to problem solve that help to create fine art prints. It is the artist, not the printmaker, who gets credit for the work, even though many fine art prints are true collaborations and many printmakers are artists themselves.

Iconic printers, like Kenneth Tyler and Ron Adams, revived the art of lithography in America. They taught many artists how to work with a lithography stone and also collaborated on design and composition.

Ron Adams (1934-2020) was a talented artist and printmaker. He attended the Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Manual Arts Adult Night School, Los Angeles City College, Otis College of Art and Design, UCLA, the University of Mexico.

Adams worked at Ken Tyler’s illustrious Gemini G.E.L. printing workshop in Los Angeles and at Editions Press in San Francisco. He left California in 1974 to found Hand Graphics Ltd. in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Ron Adams worked with Jasper Johns,  Ellsworth Kelly and other artists. He was one of the printers who helped Robert Rauschenberg with his Stoned Moon Series. The works were printed at Gemini G.E.L. after Rauschenberg was invited by NASA to witness the first moon landing. Adams sold Hand Graphics, in 1987, to focus on his own artwork.

Bill Lagattuta took over Hand Graphics and worked with Jim Dine and other artists to help them create fine lithographs. Lagattuta and Dine worked together for more than fourteen years.

The Printer’s Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations focuses on six master printers. Each printer is also a fine artist and empathetic collaborator. A video of their works and perspectives accompanies the exhibit.

Master printers have had a profound effect on the works of many artists. Kenneth Tyler began working with artists in the 1960s. His expertise had a great impact on American artists and the rise of printmaking. He established some of the finest print workshops on both the East and West coasts of the U.S.

His most famous, and longest, collaboration was with Frank Stella. The pair worked together for more than forty years, until Tyler’s retirement in 2000. Tyler also worked with Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney.

The Printer’s Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations will be on view at the Albuquerque Museum through May 15, 2022.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the fine art prints available at VFA.


References:
The History Makers. Ron Adams Biography. July 13, 2010.
Nancy Zastudil. Shining a Light on the Art of the Printmaker. Hyperallergic. April 4, 2022.
Museum of Texas Tech University. Crisscross: Bill Lagattuta and Collaborative Printmaking (Series 2 of 3). January 2022.
Princeton University Art Museum. Printing without Limits: Frank Stella, Ken Tyler, and the Making of Juam. 2002.

Jonas Wood at Frieze LA and more…

Many galleries at this year’s Frieze LA require masking and proof of vaccine, but according to Los Angeles Times art critic, Christopher Knight, it’s worth the trip.

Jonas Wood 1977 –

One of the highlights of the show are works by Jonas Wood, particularly the Patterned Interior with Mar Vista View. “Think Matisse on acid in Nice,” Knight writes.

In an interview in January, Wood said that he sometimes finds it difficult to part with a painting. “I always keep a painting or two from every show.” he said, “I really wanted to keep that pattern couch painting [“Patterned Interior with Mar Vista View”]. I lived with that painting for two years, and it was a really joyful experience to live with it in my studio”.

A soft ground etching of Patterned Interior with Mar Vista View is available at VFA.

David Hockney 1947 –

The Roosevelt Hotel is one of Los Angeles’ most popular destinations, especially for Frieze LA, complete with a pool that was decorated by David Hockney in 1988. According to the hotel’s website, ” Mr. Hockney came to The Hollywood Roosevelt one beautiful morning in 1988 with a can of blue paint and a 6″ paint brush tied to a broom handle. Over the span of about four hours working at the bottom of the empty pool, he covered it with his signature circular brush strokes.”

The pool has gone through a restoration and designated an Historic-Cultural Monuments by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission, which recognizes and protects the city’s most cherished and significant historical resources.

Eddie Martinez 1977

The bold colors, distinct lines and brushstrokes of Eddie Martinez have made his works internationally appreciated and highly sought after.

He’s had several shows in Hong Kong and a recent solo exhibit in Shanghai.

Martinez’s large scale paintings are also on display during Frieze LA, where the Brooklyn-based artist continues to use his unique style to create works that combine figurative and expressionist style.

Alex Katz 1927 – present

In 2015, the Guggenheim Bilboa presented a survey of landscapes by Alex Katz that went back to works from the 1980s. Over the course of his long career, the 94-year-old artist has had many, many exhibits around the world, but a retrospective is long overdue.

It is fitting that a retrospective for Katz, a consummate New Yorker, will be presented at the Guggenheim New York. The exhibit will open in October 2022 and run through February 2023.

One of our favorite artists at VFA, in part for his masterful fine art prints, a variety of his works, both print and sculpture, are available in our gallery.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the work of Jonas Wood, David Hockney, Eddie Martinez, Alex Katz or the work any of the other fine artists at VFA.


References:
Ryma Chikhoune. Jonas Wood on ‘Plants and Animals,’ the Artist’s First L.A. Show in Four Years. Women’s Wear Daily. January 28, 2022.
Jonathan Griffin. How Many Jonas Woods Can You See in a Jonas Wood? Cultured Magazine. January 22, 2022.
Christopher Knight. Review: L.A. gallery-going during Omicron isn’t optimal but offers excellent art along the way. The Los Angeles Times. February 3, 2022.
Kristen Chuba/Degen Peter. The Ultimate Guide to Frieze Week Los Angeles: Fairs, Openings and Parties. The Hollywood Reporter. February 13, 2022.
Fang Block. David Hockney Remains the Top Living Artist With $132 Million in Auction Sales in 2020. Barrons/Penta. November 29, 2021.
Catherine Wagley. Frieze Week LA unites a city that refuses to be centralised. The Financial Times. February 11, 2022.
The Dong-A Ilbo. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art’s history of art collection. February 9, 2022.
Y-Jean Mun-Delsalle. The Auction Market Of Artist Derrick Adams Is On The Rise. Forbes. November 7, 2021.
Shawn Ghassemitari. Eddie Martinez Debuts Mainland China Solo Exhibition at Perrotin. Hype Art. December 2, 2021.
Monica Majjoli and Simone Krug. Monica Majoli On Rethinking the ‘Lifetimes’ of Andy Warhol in Aspen. Monica Majoli On Rethinking the ‘Lifetimes’ of Andy Warhol in Aspen. LA Frieze/Collaborations/Interviews. January 20, 2022.
Andy Battaglia. Guggenheim Museum to Mount Retrospective for Alex Katz, New York Painter Extraordinaire, in 2022. Artnews. January 17, 2020.

Hockney at Basel, Wood Connecting Dots

David Hockney 1937 –

One of the highlights of this year’s Art Basel in Basel was the Unlimited exhibit, that displayed works that are too large to be shown in an average size gallery. The works are, instead, shown in the massive Hall 1.

David Hockney’s Pictures at an Exhibition, 50 feet long by nearly 16 feet high, was one of the works featured in Hall 1.

In a recent article in The Art Newspaper, titled Abstraction in art has run its course, Hockney looks at the importance of understanding the history of art and how it is created. His 2006 book, Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters explored the way in which Caravaggio, Vermeer, da Vinci, and other hyperrealists actually used optics and lenses to create their masterpieces.

Hockney himself has used photography as a basis to create some of his finest works, like Hotel Acatlan: Two Weeks Later, from; The Moving Focus Series, 1985, available at VFA.

Hockney has been living on a farm in Normandy for the past few years, saying that it’s the only place where he can find a restaurant where he can smoke a cigarette after a meal. He’s been doing iPad drawings of the world around him, like My Shirt and Trousers, 2010, available at VFA.

Artists, like David Hockney, show us the world through their eyes. In his Art Newspaper article, Hockney writes, “What does the world really look like? I know it doesn’t look like photographs. The camera sees geometrically, and we must see psychologically. So what does it really look like? I think you have to draw it. The world is very beautiful, but human beings are quite mad. I have always thought the world of humans mad, and there is little likelihood of this changing, no matter how much we try.”

Jonas Wood 1977 –

The work of Jonas Wood was described in the New Yorker as “(connecting) the dots from Henri Matisse to Stuart Davis to David Hockney”.

Like David Hockney, Wood draws and paints what’s in front of him and those things that feel very close and personal. His drawings are technically brilliant and esthetically engaging, like Pattern couch Interior with Mar Vista View.

Like Hockney’s work, Wood’s bold colors and playful compositions are in great demand in the art market. Last May, one of his paintings, Two Tables with Floral Pattern, sold for $6.5 million…way above its $2-4million estimate.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of David Hockney and Jonas Wood, available at Vertu Fine Art.


References:
David Hockney. David Hockney: ‘Abstraction in art has run its course’. The Art Newspaper. September 30, 2021.
Jan Dalley. Unlimited ambition at Art Basel’s section for outsized work. Financial Times. September 17, 2021.
Hollander Cotter. Stuart Davis: A Little Matisse, a Lot of Jazz, All American. The New York Times. June 9, 2016.
Artspace Editors. Jonas Wood breaks auction record at Christie’s. Artspace Editors. May 13, 2021.
Christie’s. From the High Line to MOCA: Jonas Wood’s ‘visual diary. Post-War & Contemporary Art.July 2, 2020.

David Hockney, Andy Warhol, Julian Opie and Derrick Adams at VFA

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David Hockney

As part of a £7 million Let’s Do London campaign,  the mayor of London commissioned David Hockney to create a sign for the Picadilly Circus tube station. Hockney reimagined the original red, white and blue sign with a whimsical, typical Hockney-eske iPad purple and yellow design.

Social Media users went wild, making fun of the iPad drawing…and saying that they could do better.

They can’t.

David Hockney, at age 83, has been painting every day at his Normandy, France farmhouse, enjoying every day and teaching the world to be grateful for the world around them.

A video of sunrises, titled Remember You Cannot Look At The Sun Or Death For Very Long, that Hockney created on his iPad, is being displayed on a large screen at Picadilly Lights every evening this month, and will also appear on screens in New York, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tokyo.

“What does the world look like? We have to take time to see its beauty.” Hockney said, “That’s what I hope my work will encourage people to do when they see it on the large screens.”

In all his work, Hockney is able to let us see the joy and wonder of the world around him.

Early Morning and My Shirt and Trousers, available at VFA, are examples of the little things that Hockney is asking us to pay attention to… and enjoy.

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol’s public persona was that of a creative, wild man who created remarkable art works at The Factory by day and partied at Studio 54 at night. Another side of Andy Warhol, his religious side, is being examined in an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.

Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh. He family members were devout Byzantine Catholics, who attended church regularly. As an adult, he often attended mass, and even had an audience with Pope John Paul II in 1980. The Roman Catholic Church even funded a Warhol film project that was commissioned by the de Menil family, but was never completed.

Toward the end of his life, Warhol painted over 100 versions of The Last Supper. Andy Warhol: Revelation will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum from November 19, 2021 through June 19, 2022.

The taxidermied, mounted moose head that Warhol was often photographed sitting under, will be auctioned off next week, with the proceeds will go to the ASPCA.

An exhibit of Warhol’s silkscreens, including many of his early work, will be on view at the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, New York. Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop | Works from the Bank of America Collection looks at his paintings and his innovations in silkscreen technique. The museum is using the exhibit as a learning tool for the many school children who will attend, to familiarize a new generation with the importance of an artist who changed the way that the world views art.

The exhibit will be on display through November 7, 2021.

Several of our recent acquisitions, like Grace Kelly,  San Francisco Silverspot and Campbell’s Soup/Pepper Pot (and Green Pea) are fine examples of the exceptional fine art prints that Warhol created.

Julian Opie

Julian Opie has been working in his London studio this year, sleeping in his studio at times and jogging along the Thames. He’s not alone in his studio; Opie works with seven technicians and three managers…to create works that appear uncomplicated but take incredible technical skill to produce.

Opie’s recent  Running People sculptures, composed of anodised aluminum figures mounted on Corlan bases, are available at VFA, as are his acrylic relief Small Bird paintings.

This year Opie’s work will be on display at solo exhibits in London, Seoul, Norway, Belgium and Japan.

Derrick Adams

Derrick Adams’ work has been setting auction records. One of his figurative paintings sold at Christie’s March Post-War to Present auction for twice the expected estimate.

Adams’ work focuses on the leisure activities of African Americans. His work is playful and very relatable. Paintings from his Floater Series also set records. Self Portrait on Float, a woodblock with gold leaf and college, from the Floater Series is available at VFA.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the work of Andy Warhol, Julian Opie, Derrick Adams or any other the other fine art available at VFA.


References:
Sarah Cascone. Andy Warhol’s Life Revolved Around Sex, Drugs—and Catholicism? A New Museum Show Says Faith Played a Key Role in His Work. artnet news. May 6, 2021.
Dana Schulz. ‘Urban Gems’ auction to sell Keith Haring’s refrigerator door, Andy Warhol’s moose head. 6sqft. Mat 7, 2021.
The Island Now. Andy Warhol: A Life in Pop. May 6, 2021.
Grace Glueck. The de Menil Family/The Medici of Modern Art. The New York Times. May 18, 1986.
Apollo International Art Magazine. In the studio with…Julian Opie. May 10, 2021.
Victoria L. Valentine. Auction Records: Paintings Derrick Adams and Jammie Holmes Establish New Benchmarks at Christie’s, Works by Titus Kaphar and Henry Taylor Also Sold. Culture Type. March 12, 2021.
Jacob Thorburn. ‘Looks like a seven-year-old won a competition’: Twitter users MOCK David Hockney’s Piccadilly Circus art fronting £7m ‘Let’s do London’ tourism campaign… and prove THEY can do better. Daily Mail. May 12, 2021.

The Optimism of David Hockney

I’m pretty deaf. I don’t really like listening that much any more. I prefer just working, so it’s fine for me here, absolutely fine.
– David Hockney

David Hockney moved to Normandy before the pandemic began. He said that he was looking for a place where he could smoke a cigarette in a cafe after a meal…something he can’t do in many other places around the world.

What Hockney found was a small farmhouse, surrounded by four acres of fields with blossoming trees.

Hockney’s work has always reflected the joy he finds in his surroundings. Whether at home in Hollywood Hills or Yorkshire or traveling through Mexico, Hockney has painted what has appeared in front of his eyes…eyes of an artist who takes great pleasure in the world around him.

He’s always been open to new techniques and new technology. Even at age 83, he’s still experimenting with his iPad drawings, the way he did with new photographic technology in the 1980s, when a friend left a Polaroid camera at his house and he began to experiment with composite images

Around that time, Hockney also experimented with perspective. He created The Moving Focus Series when his car broke down on a trip in Mexico and he was forced to stay in hotel while it was being repaired. The Series combines the Renaissance tradition of fixed-viewpoint painting with the Eastern aesthetic of multiple, narrative viewpoints within the same picture. Hotel Acatlan: Two Weeks Later, from The Moving Focus Series is available at VFA.

Hockney says that he is content to paint every day. In a recent interview with the BBC, Hockney had advice for anyone who feels bored because of the quarantine:

“If you’re bored because of the lockdown and you’re trapped in some small place, then if you look at the world and really look at it, it’s very beautiful,” he said. “It’s a mad world really but it’s very beautiful to look at. Nature is always beautiful, it’s always harmonious. But you’ve really got to look at it. You’ve got to look at it to see colour. You’ve really got to look at it intensely. I would suggest that’s what you do. Just sit down and look at it or walk and look , at it, and it’s very beautiful really.”

The Royal Academy of Arts in London is getting ready for an exhibit of 116 new iPad drawings. David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 will run from May 23 through September 26, 2021.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of David Hockney or any of the other fine art work available at VFA.


References:
Irvine Times. David Hockney: Why I’m happy keeping busy at 83. April 25, 2021.
Sophie Bew. Lose Yourself in David Hockney’s Work From 1966 to 1978. AnOther Magazine. April 1, 2021.
William Gompertz. David Hockney shares exclusive art from Normandy, as ‘a respite from the news’. BBC News. April 1, 2020.
Daily Mail. Artist David Hockney leaves Los Angeles after 55 years to live out the rest of his days in France because he can ‘smoke in restaurants’ and the French ‘know how to live’. November 27, 2019.
Barbara A. MacAdam. Eddie Martinez: Inside Thoughts. The Brooklyn Rail. February 2021.
Benjamin Sutton. Why Painter Eddie Martinez Is Having His Biggest Market Year Yet. Artsy. August 6, 2020.

Up Close and Personal: The Works of Derrick Adams, Jonas Wood and David Hockney

Derrick Adams

Derrick Adams is having a stellar year. He currently has a show at the Salon 94 Gallery in New York; his artist’s retreat in his home town of Baltimore should be up and running next year and he’s on a tenure track at Brooklyn College. His current exhibit, Style Variations, is composed of a group of portraits inspired by the beauty and barber shops he walks by in his Brooklyn neighborhood. The styles he saw, asked about and created in his paintings, define the culture and trends of the neighborhood. Works from Style Variations are available at VFA.

In this month’s edition of British Vogue magazine, Adams was described as, “the hardest-working leisure lover on earth.” His works from the Pool Float and We Came to Party and Plan series, are available at VFA.

“People couldn’t exist if they lived in constant grief.” he said in the Vogue interview. “My work is focused on the idea of how crucial it is for Black people to think of leisure as a radical act.”

Even the large house in Baltimore, that Adams is restoring for his invitation-only artists’ retreat, is going to emphasize leisure. It has a pool, a screening room, a greenhouse and studio spaces. Called The Last Resort, he plans to host, not just Black visual artists, but also writers, musicians, chefs and other creative people. “You can come and not do anything,” he says.

Derrick Adams’ work is in the permanent collections of the Museum Of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts and the Birmingham Museum Of Art.

Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood says that he was inspired by the works of Alex Katz and David Hockney. It’s easy to see the influence of Katz’s colors and Hockney’s intimate visions in Wood’s interiors, but his style is all his own.

The comfort of Wood’s interior works, comes from his ability to show his relationship with and enjoyment of his surroundings.

Pattern Couch Interior with Mar Vista View is a recent acquisition at VFA that exemplifies Wood’s talent and the reason that his works have been highly coveted at auction.

David Hockney

Since March of 2019, David Hockney has been living in a farmhouse in Normandy.

When he first chose the location, he said that it was because Normandy is one of the few places left on earth where he could smoke a cigarette at a cafe.

The paintings and iPad drawings that he has produced while staying at the farmhouse during the past two years are bright and beautiful and reflect the artist’s joy of life. Always able to see the wonder and awe of his surroundings, the work that he did in Mexico in the 1980s has the same sense of delight as the works he does today.

He currently has exhibits at LA Louver, the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, Salts Mill in Saltaire, West Yorkshire and an upcoming exhibit scheduled at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in September.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Derrick Adams, Jonas Wood, David Hockney or any of the other fine art work for sale at VFA.


References:
Dodie Kazanjian. Derrick Adams’s Art Celebrates Black Life at its Most Exultant. Vogue Magazine. April 1, 2021.
Poppy Malby. Derrick Adams on the empowerment of black femininity. GQ Dagazine.uk. February 8, 2020.
Sophie Bew. Lose Yourself in David Hockney’s Work From 1966 to 1978. AnOther Magazine. April 1, 2021.
Tom Teicholz. A Pleasing Pandemic In Normandy: David Hockney’s Creative French Country Prints. Forbes. March 31, 2021.
Lawrence, Vanessa. “Bored at Home? David Hockney Has A Lesson for You.” Elle Décor. 17 March 2021.

David Hockney and Ugo Rondinone: Recent Acquisitions at VFA

David Hockney 1937 – present

In 2006, David Hockney published a book called Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters. The book examines the optical tools that the Old Masters, like Caravaggio and da Vinci, used to create their hyperrealistic works.

Hockney has always been interested in, not just the oldest technology, but the latest technology. He has been using his iPad for years with superb results.

In 1984, Hockney was on his way to an exhibition of his work at the Museo Rufio Tamayo in Mexico City. His car broke down, and he was forced to make an impromptu stay at the Hotel Romano Angeles in Acatlan. While he waited for his car to be repaired, Hockney was inspired to photograph and draw the hotel’s courtyard, exploring space and perspective. When he returned to L.A., he worked with master printmaker, Kenneth Tyler, to create lithographs using lavish ink sketches on Mylar sheets. The results were a series of lithographs called The Moving Focus Series.

One of our recent acquisitions, Hotel Acatlan: Two Weeks Later, is one of lithographs in the series; a wonderful example of the colors and perspective that makes Hockney’s works so distinctive.

Another of Hockney’s works from the same time period, Self-Portrait on the Terrace, is expected to sell for between $8 million and $12 million at Sotheby’s New York contemporary art auction next month.

Also available at VFA are My Shirt and Trousers, one of Hockney’s finest iPad drawings, done in 2010, and other fine works by David Hockney in a variety of media.

David Hockney’s works are currently on exhibit at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, where they have been placed alongside those of Vincent van Gogh’s, in an exploration of the similarity of both artists view of the world around them. Hockney–Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature will be on exhibit through June 20, 2021.

Ugo Rondinone 1964 – present

Ugo Rondinone, 2016

Ugo Rondinone is best known for his large public installations, that combine natural elements and bold colors.

The Swiss-American artist works in his Harlem studio and vacations at his home in Matera, Italy.

He currently has exhibitions at the Sorlandets Kunst Museum in Kristiansand, Norway and the Association Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp in Cully, Switzerland. Last year he had an exhibit of ten-foot high massive bronze cast sculptures at the Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zurich.

Rondinone continues to create beautifully done, limited edition silkscreens of concentric circles in stunning color blends.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of David Hockney, Ugo Rondinone or any of the other fine work available at VFA.


References:
Designboom. Ugo Rondinone’s Monumental ‘nuns + monks’ sculptures Exhibited at Galerie Eva Presenhuber. November 4, 2020.
Fang Block. David Hockney’s ‘Self-Portrait on the Terrace’ Could Fetch $12 Million. Barrons. March 22, 2021.
Nora McGreevy. How the ‘Ecstatic Joy of Nature’ Unites Vincent van Gogh and David Hockney. Smithsonian Magazine. March 4, 2020.

KAWS and David Hockney: Featured Works at VFA

KAWS: What Party

The Brooklyn Museum is hosting the first major New York survey of the twenty-five year career of Brian Donnelly, the artists known as KAWS.

KAWS is one of the world’s most beloved artists (with 3.2 million Instagram followers) whose works resonate with people around the globe.His Kimpsons Album painting sold to an anonymous bidder for $14.8m at a Sotheby’s auction in 2019. Paintings from the Kimpsons Series are available at VFA.

The Brooklyn Museum exhibit is called What Party, the name of some of his most iconic sculptures. Versions of What Party are available at VFA. The exhibit includes graffiti drawings, paintings, small collectables, furniture, recent augmented reality projects, and sculptures, including a new major commission for Rockefeller Center.

KAWS
Untitled (Haring), 1997

Included in the show is a 1997 poster of Keith Haring, one of KAWS’ inspirations. “In my neighborhood, there was a bus shelter ad for Haring’s show at the Whitney so it was fair game.” he said in a recent interview in Vogue magazine. “I loved his democratic approach to making art and how he made it accessible through the Pop Shop, so painting over his output felt natural.”

KAWS has had great success in the Indie toy world that has increased demand for his work. He says that he likes the universal appeal of the toys. “Kids my age in Mexico were growing up on the same Smurfs that I grew up with.” he said,  “A lot of my paintings are flat, similar to cartoons. I like the feeling this work creates when you’re in front of it, especially at the scale I work at.”

KAWS: WHAT PARTY will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum through September 5, 2021.

David Hockney: Ma Normandie

David Hockney settled in Normandy two years ago, before the pandemic, and has used the lockdown as an opportunity to paint the landscape in and around his farmhouse.

David Hockney and Ruby at home in Normandy, 2020

Most museums  and galleries in Paris remain closed, so art lovers, who had limited, advance tickets, flocked to the Lelong Gallery to see Ma Normandie, the David Hockney exhibit. All of the paintings were sold before the exhibit opened to the public.

David Hockney
Beuvron-en-Auge Panorama, 2019

The exhibit will run through February 27, 2021.

Sotheby’s has announced that David Hockney’s Tall Dutch Trees After Hobbema (Useful Knowledge) will be offered at its Spring auction. The painting is expected to garner between $8.8 to 11.5 million.

The work is one of a series of twenty paintings. It was featured on the April 23, 2018 cover of The New Yorker.

David Hockney continues to work, in Normandy, on his iPad drawings as well as acrylic paintings.

The works of KAWS and David Hockney at VFA

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of KAWS, David Hockney or any of the other fine artists whose works are available at VFA.


References:
Liam Freeman. A Private Viewing of the New KAWS Exhibition with the Artist Himself. Vogue. February 16, 2021.
Mark Westall. New KAWS Exhibition to Provide 360-Degrees Survey of His 25 Year Practice. FAD Magazine. February 16, 2021.
Shanti Escalante-De Mattei. Beyond KAWS: The Authentic World of Indie Art Toys. ARTnews. January 27, 2021.
Ali Mohammed-Ali. Brooklyn Museum Announces KAWS-Inspired Art Classes. Hypebeast. February 5, 2021.
Rob Nowilll. An Epically-Scaled David Hockney Artwork is Coming to Auction. Hypebeast. February 5, 2021.

Honors for Derrick Adams, Tweets for David Hockney

Sheltering in place for most of us is a new experience, but for many artists sheltering in place is not much different than what they do much of the time.

Derrick Adams and David Hockney live on different continents, but both have been working have been working with, and in, their surroundings.

Derrick Adams 1970-

Derrick Adams in front of his mural for the LIRR

Derrick Adams has been appointed to Pratt Institute’s Board of Trustees. Adams received his BFA from Pratt, in Art and Design Education, in 1996 and was given Pratt’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2018. He completed  his MFA from Columbia University in 2003.

He has also been honored by being named one of 15 new inductees into the National Academy of Design.

Adams is an Assistant Professor of Art at Brooklyn College.

Derrick Adams
Nostrand Avenue LIRR mural, 2020

He recently completed a mural at the Nostrand Avenue station of the Long Island Railroad (LIRR), just a few blocks away from his Brooklyn Studio.

The mural is made of of 85 panels of laminated glass artwork that spans the length of the newly renovated platforms and extends on to four new pedestrian bridges. “As a longtime resident, I was inspired to create this work as a response to the vibrant cultural surroundings and diverse population which I see in motion on a daily basis,” Adams said. “The figures fuse with architecture and nature as a representation of the progressive impact left by generations of growth. These hybrid structures represent the many important components which reside together to form a thriving community.”

David Hockney 1937 –

For more than a year, David Hockney has been painting the views, on his iPad, from the window of his home in Normandy.

David Hockney painting at home in Normandy, 2020

The New Yorker magazine commissioned Hockney to create an image for the December cover. Hockney did an iPad painting of his fireplace.

David Hockney
The Hearth
The New Yorker, December 21, 2020

The cover created a stir on Twitter, with critics tweeting that the drawing is too simplistic to grace the cover of the sophisticated magazine.

The New Yorker’s art director Françoise Mouly, who commissioned the work and interviewed Hockney for a piece in the issue, said, “For these short, dark days, David Hockney offers the traditional comfort of a hearth.”

The trolls on Twitter may not know Hockney’s work and that he broke the auction record for a living artist in 2018.

The 83-year-old artist has always been interested in using technology to help create his works.

In 1985 Hockney used panoramic photography to create his Moving Focus Series in Mexico. A lithograph from the series is available at VFA.

Hockney currently has solo exhibits at the Galerie Lelong in Paris and the The Morgan Library and Museum in 
New York and upcoming exhibits at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston
Texas and the Royal Academy of Arts in
London.

Please contact us if you would like more information about the works of Derrick Adams and David Hockney, or any of the other fine artists whose works are for sale at VFA.

References:
Rich Pietras. Art Professor Derrick Adams Among 15 New National Academy Of Design Inductees. Brooklyn College. December 23, 2020.
LIRR’s Newest Elevators Unveiled in Brooklyn at Nostrand Avenue Station. MTA Construction & Development. February 3, 2020.
Pratt Institute’s Board of Trustees: Recently Elected Members and New DEI Committee. Pratt Institute News. December 16, 2020.
Francoise Mouly. David Hockney’s “Hearth”. The New Yorker. December 14, 2020.
Hannah Yoest. How David Hockney Trolled the ‘New Yorker’. His latest cover art set off a (small, cozy) firestorm. The Bulwark. December 15, 2020.

David Hockney en Vogue Again, Red Grooms vs Derek Jeter

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David Hockney holding the 1985 issue of Paris Vogue Magazine
The image on the cover is a cubist-like painting of his friend and muse, Celia Britwell, which was done just before it appeared on the cover.

David Hockney has never been out of vogue. In addition to the cover, he had a 41-page spread of his work published in the December 1985 Paris issue.

His work will appear on the cover again, this time on the August 2020 issue of British Vogue. The issue focuses on the effect that Covid-19 has had on the planet…like lower pollution levels and cleaner water in lakes, rivers and the ocean. Fourteen notable British artists have been commissioned to create works for the issue. The original works will be auctioned off to aid Covid-19 relief charities later this year.

“This oil painting is of late spring in the village of Kilham,” Hockney said about the 2006 painting that was chosen. “Now, I am in Normandy, a paradise of a place for me. I have made 120 iPad paintings of our large garden – it is like having drawing and painting equipment always at the ready, and there is no cleaning up needed. It’s quite fantastic. The other night I got up to pee at about 4am and saw the largest and brightest full moon in a long time. I was thrilled by it and recorded it on the iPad. Photography is useless for this, it pushes everything away, including the moon.”

Red Grooms

Red Grooms is 83. He’s been working in the same studio in TriBeCa since 1969. His work is quirky, zany and fun.

He is also a fine artist who studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Peabody College (in his hometown of Nashville) the New School for Social Research in New York and spent a summer at the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Red Grooms
Alex Katz painting on 28th St, 1961

Grooms opened a gallery in the late 1950s and exhibited the works of Alex Katz and Claus Oldenberg when other galleries rejected their work.

Red Grooms is an ardent sports fan. His controversial, 73 feet tall Homer sculpture, that spouts jets of water, sends flamingos flying and marlins leaping whenever a Miami Marlin hits a home run, was supposed to be moved from the Marlin Park centerfield to a spot outside the stadium by January 1st, but that hasn’t happened yet.

Fans seem to love the sculpture, but team owner Derek Jeter wants the centerfield space to be used for revenue-producing restaurants and bars.

The sculpture has to be engineered for outdoor use to conform to code, but it’s taking some time to do that.

Sports fan website, The Comeback, had this to say about the controversy over the $2.5 million sculpture:

“While initially controversial, the artwork has taken on a cult appreciation and has come to make the ballpark seem rather unique and playful. Enter Derek Jeter, who is not unique or playful, but rather an 80-year-old curmudgeon disguised in the body of a 44-year-old.”

We are ardent fans of Red Grooms, and have recently acquired Hot Dog Vendor, a 3-D lithograph that has no moving parts, but is as much fun as Homer.

Work by David Hockney and Red Grooms at VFA

Please contact us if you would like more information about the work of David Hockney and Red Grooms available at VFA.


References:
M.H. Miller. Art is Fleeting, but Red Grooms is Forever. The New York Times. September 6, 2018.
Douglas Hanks. Seagulls? Check. Flamingos? Not yet. Marlins miss deadline to rebuild ‘Homer’ outside. Miami Herald. January 9, 2020.
Douglas Hanks. County on Marlins home run sculpture: ‘It is not movable.’ (Also, the mayor doesn’t like it.). Miami Herald. August 17, 2017.
Sarah Cascone. Derek Jeter Finally Gets a Win: Red Grooms’s Kitschy Home Run Sculpture Will Be Removed From Miami’s Marlins Park. artnetnews. October 17, 2018.
Sean Keeley. Derek Jeter, who is bad, gets his wish to remove the Marlins home run sculpture, which is good. The Comeback. October 16, 2018.

David Hockney: Smoking in Normandy

I’d like to just work and paint and to be able to smoke and eat in a restaurant at the same time. Thank God for Normandy. The French know how to live. They know about pleasure. -David Hockney

David Hockney moved from London to California in 1964. He’s done a lot of traveling, but for 55 years he used his studio in the Hollywood Hills as his home base.

At age 82, Hockney has decided to move to Normandy, France. In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Hockney says that he wakes up early to watch the sun rise before working in his studio all morning. Then he has a four-course lunch at a nearby cafe that costs 13 euro…about $14…takes a nap and then gets back to work.

Hockney is getting ready for a show of his new work at the Pace Gallery in Manhattan this fall.

“I’ve smoked for more than 60 years,’ he says. ‘But I think I’m quite healthy. I’m 82. How much longer do I have? I’m going to die of either a smoking-related illness or a non–smoking-related illness.”

David Hockney at Christie’s

A few weeks ago, David Hockney’s Sur la Terrasse painting sold for $29,501,250 at Christie’s.

The painting was done in 1971, based on a photograph that Hockney took of his former partner, Peter Schlesinger, on the balcony of the La Mamounia Hotel in Morocco. Another close friend, British fashion and textile designer, Celia Birtwell, was also on the trip.

Hockney often included both Schlesinger and Britwell in his works, and used vacation photos for inspiration.

One of his portraits of Celia appeared on a 1984  French Vogue cover. The cover portrait was done around the same time as Celia With Green Hat, which is available at VFA.

David Hockney’s Digital Work

David Hockney had his suits custom tailored so that he could fit a sketchbook into the pocket of his suit jacket. These days he carries an iPad that fits the pockets perfectly.

His digital works are currently on display in two very different venues…one in the U.S. and one in the UK.

David Hockney’s Yosemite is on view at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Hockney first visited Yosemite in 1982 and returned, with his iPad, in 2010 and 2011. The works he did of Yosemite are on display alongside baskets made by the reverence women from the Miwok and Mono Lake Paiute tribes.

David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry will be on display through April, 2020.

Closer to his birth home, Hockney’s iPad paintings of the Yorkshire countryside are on display at the Salt Mill in Saltaire, West Yorkshire.

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring will be on view through May 6, 2020.

David Hockney’s Works at VFA

My Shirt and Trousers is one of David Hockney’s finest iPad drawings. Please contact us if you would like more information about My Shirt and Trousers, Celia With Green Hat or any of the other fine works available at VFA.

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References:
Naomi Rea. The Subject of a David Hockney Portrait That Could Fetch $45 Million at Christie’s This Week Finds His Unwanted Fame ‘Pretty Tedious’. artnetnews. November 12, 2019.
Terry Tang. Hockney works, tribal baskets highlight love of Yosemite. The San Diego Union-Tribune. October 27, 2019.
Daily Mail. Artist David Hockney leaves Los Angeles after 55 years to live out the rest of his days in France because he can ‘smoke in restaurants’ and the French ‘know how to live’. November 27, 2019.
Roy Hattersley. David Hockney: home is where the art is. The Telegraph. November 26, 2019.

David Hockney Goes Viral

David Hockney Goes Viral

David Hockney’s latest solo exhibition Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing] … Continued opened at the L.A. Louver Gallery on February 7.

Not long after the opening, Joni Mitchell, a long-time acquaintance of David Hockney, walked in to the gallery to view the show. A young gallery employee, Jacob Sousa, grabbed his camera and asked if he could taken their picture.

Mitchell took Hockney by the hand, the photo was taken, posted on the gallery’s Instagram account on Valentine’s Day, and the post went viral. Millions of people…from Hollywood celebs to members of the British Parliament…were touched by the image of the two icons holding hands. They each appear as vibrant and relevant as the Hockney work in front of which they are standing.

The moment is reminiscent of the photo taken of David Hockney and his long-time muse, Celia Britwell, standing in front of a painting he did of Celia and her then-husband, Ossie Clark, in 1971. Hockney did many portraits of Britwell, including a portrait for the cover of Paris Vogue and Celia with Green Hat, for sale at VFA.

At age 81, Hockey has been expanding his use of technology with i-Pad paintings like My Shirt and Trousers, also available at VFA and creating works of enormous scale and vibrant color.

The exhibit at L.A. Louver includes mural-sized photographic drawings, large-scale multi-canvas paintings, and a series of portrait drawings on canvas, done in Hockney’s Los Angeles studio. Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing] … Continued runs through March 23, 2019.

David Hockney Set Record at Christie’s for Living Artist

David Hockney became the most highly valued living artist when his 1972 painting, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold at Christie’s at the November auction for $90.3 million, after less than ten minutes of bidding.

The painting broke the previous record for a living artist, which was held by Jeff Koons, for the sale of his Balloon Dog (Orange) for $58.4 million in 2013. Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) was inspired by two photographs that Hockney happened to spot on the floor of his studio.

The Hockneys: Never Worry What the Neighbours Think

David Hockney was one of five siblings, born and raised in Bradford, England. John, the youngest sibling, has written a book about the Hockney family. The book’s subtitle, Never Worry What the Neighbors Think, was something that their father often told them.

The siblings diverse, interesting, and successful, lives are chronicled in John Hockney’s memoir, which will be released in October, 2019 by Legend Press. On the cover is David Hockney’s 1977 painting, My Parents, which is part of the permanent collection at the Tate.

David Hockney Works at VFA

Please contact us if you would like more information about My Shirt and Trousers, Celia with Green Hat or any of the other fine artwork available at VFA.

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References:
Guy Trebay. Of David Hockney and Joni Mitchell Holding Hands. The New York Times. February 28, 2019.
Jessica Gelt. The Saturday gallery: ‘Happy Birthday, David Hockney’ at the Getty marks 80 years. July 08, 2017.
Esther Addley. David Hockney painting earns record $90.3m for living artist. The Guardian. November 16, 2018.
https://www.christies.com/features/My-brother-David-Hockney-9735-1.aspx

A Big Year for David Hockney

David Hockney at the Met

David Hockney turned 80 in July and has been creating memorable works of art for nearly sixty years. The Met is honoring Hockney with a retrospective that includes his most iconic works from 1960 to the present. The David Hockney exhibit, on display now, will be at the Met through Feb 25, 2018.

David Hockney at the Opera

Since 1982, David Hockney has been doing production design for the San Francisco Opera. Last month Hockney was presented with the San Francisco Opera Medal, the company’s most prestigious award, for his more than 35 years of service to the company.

Celia Birtwell, David Hockney’s Muse

In the 1960s, Hockney was primarily known for his portraits. Celia Birtwell, a British textile designer, was one of Hockney’s muses. Birtwell was married to fashion designer Ossie Clark. Hockney painted them often, both individually and as a couple.

Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy, part of the Tate’s collection, is one of  Hockney’s greatest works.

Although their marriage didn’t last and Clark was stabbed to death by his former lover in 1996 at age 54, both Birtwell and Hockney are doing well and remain friends to this day.

The 1974 film A Bigger Splash, taken from the title of his most well-known swimming pool painting, sheds some light on the relationship between Hockney and Birtwell. The film’s director, Jack Hazan, followed Hockney from 1970 to 1973 during the time that Hockney was in a turbulent relationship with his partner, Peter Schlesinger. The film was both unscripted and scripted and is a fascinating look at the life of the artist during an important period in his life.

In a 2017 Guardian interview, Birtwell said, “The first time I spotted David was at Portobello market. I was with a friend who knew him. He just stood out – he always has. He had on a corduroy jacket – and had the dyed blond hair. Ossie was better friends with him, and used to stay in his studio. I think he finds me a little bit ridiculous, but there is a fondness there. If I amuse him, then that’s a compliment. It definitely works both ways – he’s very funny.”

Hockney used one of his portraits of Birtwell, Celia with Green Hat as an inspiration for a 1985  cover of Paris Vogue. The magazine featured a 41-page spread of Hockney’s photocollages and the cubist-style work that they inspired.

David Hockney at VFA

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