The Arrival of Spring in 2011
Hockney is making new work in anticipation of a large one-person exhibition set to open at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2012. In January he begins drawing, en plein air, East Yorkshire landscape on the iPad, and soon realizes that he has an opportunity to make a series chronicling the change from winter to summer. All total he makes over 100 iPad drawings, and this ultimately leads to a gallery installation at the RA of one enormous oil painting on 32 canvases, 12 by 32 feet, shown with 51 of the iPad drawings printed on paper.
In this painting I wanted the sensation of very early spring, when the first leaves come out. They begin at the very bottom of the trees, and you don’t see very much of the branches. They seem to float. I loved that idea, and that’s what this painting is about. This was my subject: when the spring was beginning, not quite full, otherwise there’d be too many leaves. Above this painting, we’re going to put:
The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven). That’s the theme of a whole room at the RA.