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Alan Davie, Cross for the White Birds, 1965. © The Estate of Alan Davie. All rights reserved. DACS 2018.
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Alan Davie & David Hockney: Early Works

19 October 2019 - 19 January 2020

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Guardian

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The i

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Mail Online

In 1958 Alan Davie had his first solo exhibition at Wakefield Art Gallery, which went on to tour nationally and launched Davie’s career. A young attendee at the Wakefield exhibition was David Hockney, then a student at Bradford College of Art.

The exhibition was a pivotal influence on Hockney’s artistic development and shortly after this visit, Hockney moved to London to take up a place at the Royal College of Art. Here he discarded, as Davie had, realist figurative painting in favour of colourful, gestural works that combined abstraction with coded text and symbolism.

The exhibition will bring together around 45 paintings and works on paper by Alan Davie and David Hockney, many of which have not been seen publicly for decades. It will trace the parallel paths of these key figures of post-war British painting, revealing creative convergences and shared themes of passion, poetry and love as their works of art evolved from figuration to abstraction. Set within the context of 1960s counterculture and the popularisation of art through diverse new forms of media, the exhibition will present an exciting moment in British art and the emergence of a radical new art world.

A richly illustrated publication, Alan Davie and David Hockney: Early Works, is being published to accompany the exhibition. It is edited by The Hepworth Wakefield’s curator Eleanor Clayton and independent co-curator Helen Little and published by Lund Humphries.

The exhibition will tour to Towner Art Gallery 15 February – 31 May 2020.

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