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Hockney to draw the crowds with major Belfast exhibition

By Michael McHugh

Published 16/08/2016

Artist David Hockney. Photo: Jane Bown/PA Wire
Artist David Hockney. Photo: Jane Bown/PA Wire
A collage titled Self Portrait from 1954 by artist David Hockney. Photo: Jane Bown/PA Wire

One of Britain's greatest living painters is to hold his first significant Irish exhibition in Belfast.

The show will focus on David Hockney's early work, alongside material from the current decade, and celebrates his interest in drawing.

David Hockney: I Draw, I Do will run from August 19 until mid-October at the Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC). It will include his Paper Pools series, created using paper pulp.

Hugh Mulholland, senior curator at the MAC, said: "We are delighted to be presenting the first significant exhibition of David Hockney's work in Ireland to date. The exhibition focuses on Hockney's formative years at Bradford Regional College of Art in the 1950s, and will include rarely-seen anatomical and observational drawings, early graphite portraits as well as significant later works which demonstrate his continued interest in pushing the boundaries of his practice using new technologies.

"We are very pleased to be able to show a series of his iPad portraits of family and friends, as well as some of his well-known works from The Arrival Of Spring, 2011, which many visitors may recognise."

The MAC chose the title of the exhibition from an answer Hockney gave to a question asked of him by designer Paul Smith, who wanted to know if he still drew in the more traditional way he did when he left art college. Hockney replied: "Yeah, I draw, I do... from the age of 16 to the age of 20, all I did was really draw, because I was at the art school in Bradford and in Bradford you could be in the school from nine in the morning to nine at night. So I drew for four years."

Belfast Lord Mayor Brian Kingston said: "I'm looking forward to seeing this exciting exhibition by one of the most popular living British artists being enjoyed by as many Belfast people as possible, as well as our many visitors."

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