A Bigger Splash
Acrylic on canvas
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Painted while at the University of California in Berkley, ‘A Bigger Splash’ was a result of two smaller paintings in which Hockney developed his ideas, ‘A Little Splash’ and ‘The Splash’. One of the first artists to make extensive use of acrylic paint, a relatively new artistic medium at the time, Hockney felt the fast drying paint was more suited to depicting the hot, dry landscapes of California than the more traditional oil paints.
Pop Art, British Pop Art, School of London, Nouveau Réalisme, British Art
Born: 9 July 1937, Bradford, UK
Hockney’s bright swimming pools, suburban Californian landscapes, and split-level homes are a fusion of calmness and activity. Shadows seem to be banished from his acrylics of the 1960s producing images as slick as magazine pages. Flat planes co-exist with a patchwork of muddling distances. Hockney’s style incorporates a range of inspiration from Baroque to Cubism, and recently, computer aided graphics. He deliberately breaks every possible rule delighting in the deconstruction of proportion, perspective, and colour. His work shows that orthodoxies are there to shattered, allowing opposites to co-exist in a message that transcends art and makes a profound statement in the political and social realm