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David Hockney: Current at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

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79 Year Old British Artist's iPad and iPhone Artworks
If you are concerned your family spends too much time on hand held devices, you might change your mind when you see the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)'s newest exhibition; David Hockney: Current.

David Hockney: Current
David Hockney: Current


The colourful exhibition by British artist David Hockney, presents art that just so happens to embrace new technologies; the iPad and iPhone.

The 79 year old artist presents some 1200 pieces in the world premiere exhibition, hundreds of which Hockney produced using his mobile device's 'brush app'.

Hockney's artwork using modern technologies
Hockney's artwork using modern technologies


The exhibition is as ground-breaking as it is beautiful, Hockney's Yorkshire landscapes in particular, catch your eye with the addition of such vivid colours that are not usually associated with that region of the world.

Yorkshire landscapes in vibrant colour
Yorkshire landscapes in vibrant colour


You could quite easily while away your morning watching replays of the artist's intricate artwork, mounted on screens throughout the first gallery space, which spring to life stroke after tiny stroke.

Couple that with Hockney's largest ever painting; Bigger Trees Near Warter representing Yorkshire in Winter, which is an awe-inspiring spectacle.

Bigger Trees Near Warter
Bigger Trees Near Warter


From digital to paint, enter the 60m long gallery space filled with 82 painted portraits of the artist's family, friends and well-known acquaintances, i.e.Barry Humphries, Frank Gehry and John Baldessari.

David Hockney's portraits
David Hockney's portraits


The immersive room installation 4 Blue Stools is a world premiere in itself, presenting a digitally constructed piece depicting the artist's studio.

Expect to spend some considerable time in the exhibitions finale; a spellbinding video installation called Four Seasons, which illustrates the changing seasons of Yorkshire. Winter, in particular, is the most striking of the four.

David Hockney: Current
is an exhibition suited to all ages, there's no need to leave your little people at home either. If anything, this exhibition may inspire the artists of tomorrow, to work in digital format. Don't be surprised if you go home and download an art app for your handheld device once you've seen the exhibition!

For further information on David Hockney: Current including tours and related insights, head to NGV's website HERE. On till 11 March, 2017.
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Why? Vibrant and mesmerising art exhibition
When: 11 Nov 2016 - 13 Mar 2017
Phone: (03) 8620 2222
Where: NGV, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006
Cost: From $10 (child 5 - 15yr) to $65 family. Adult $26
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