The Tunnel Early Autumn, October
2005

East Yorkshire landscapes

To do landscapes, you’ve got to know the place rather well. You’ve got to love it, actually. You’ve got to know where the sun will be. In the summer I should be out at six in the morning, because if it’s sunny the light from six to nine is magic. Of course, to paint in the winter, you’ve got to prepare yourself. You need thick clothing and things. I mean we often looked like Michelin men. The first winter I spent here I began to see how beautiful the winters were. There was far more color than I expected. Occasionally a farmer would come and talk to me. They didn’t think I exaggerated the color. They thought my paintings were very accurate, and talking to them I noticed that they knew just how beautiful it is here.

Midsummer: East Yorkshire, 2004
Road and Cornfields. East Yorkshire. from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Road with Two Houses. East Yorkshire. from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Road and Tree, near Wetwang from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Kilham. July 2004. from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Bungalow and Trees. East Yorkshire II. from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Jungle Garden, Burton Agnes Hall II from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Valley, Millington. E. Yorks. from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Field of Bales, East Yorkshire, Gray Day from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Combine Harvester. East Yorkshire. from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Rudston Road, East Yorkshire. Late Summer. from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
The Red House from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Harvest Landscape. East Yorkshire. from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Cart Track and Pylon. East Yorkshire from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Harvest, with Farm Equipment from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Tangled Bank and Trees. East Yorkshire from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Trees near Kilham from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Roadside Plants and Landscape. East Yorkshire. from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Street Scene. Bridlington from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Landscape with Tangled Bank. East Yorkshire from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Roadside Trees. East Yorkshire. from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Bungalow and Trees. East Yorkshire I. from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Stubble and Still-Green Fields. East Yorkshire from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Trees near Rudston from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Ripe Corn on the Roman Road. East Yorkshire from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Looking towards Huggate. Late Summer from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Straw Bales and Stubble. East Yorkshire from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Bridlington. Rooftops and Clouds from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Looking North. East Yorkshire from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Jungle Garden, Burton Agnes Hall I from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Yorkshire, Summer, with Power Line from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Harvested Field. East Yorkshire from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Road and Farmhouse. East Yorkshire. July 2004 from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
After Rain from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
A Gap in the Hedgerow from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Harvested Wheat. East Yorkshire from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"
Ripening Wheat. East Yorkshire from "Midsummer: East Yorkshire"

In February, L.A. Louver in Los Angeles exhibits the 36 watercolors entitled Midsummer: East Yorkshire in a show of Hockney’s watercolors, Hand, Eye, Heart. David Pagel reviews the show for the Los Angeles Times: “You don’t have to know much about David Hockney or watercolor painting to see that the artist’s 55 new works are amazing documents of rambling drives through the English countryside. Each casually exquisite picture of leafless trees, golden fields, puddled lanes, [NESTED]blossoming flowers, distant farmhouses, rolling hillsides, and quiet towns is an astutely observed moment that would never make it to a postcard but is all the more lovely for being ordinary. In these enlivened images glimpsed through car windows, Hockney doesn’t take your breath away so much as he gets you to breathe deeply, soaking in every detail of the fleeting scenes.” Back in Bridlington as of July, Hockney continues painting the Yorkshire landscape en plein air, but now in oil.

Hockney painting in East Yorkshire, Photo by J-P Gonçalves de Lima
Hockney painting in East Yorkshire, Photo by J-P Gonçalves de Lima
Hockney in East Yorkshire, Photo by J-P Gonçalves de Lima
Hockney with "Woldgate Mist," Photo by J-P Gonçalves de Lima
Bridlington Rooftops, October, November, December
Tree Tunnel, August
The Tunnel Early Autumn, October

When you’ve been doing watercolors, oil paint is like a luxury medium. You can do what you want with it. I mean with watercolor, you have to work from light to dark. With oil paint you can do whatever you want, so going back to it was rather thrilling.

Untitled Harvest
Untitled, 22 July 2005
Path Through Wheat Field, July
Kilham to Langtoft, 25 July 2005
Tracks Into a Wheat Field near Langtoft, July 2005
Kilham to Langtoft II, 27 July 2005
Woldgate Vista, 27 July 2005
Rudston Trees I, 29 July 2005
Rudston Trees II, 29 July 2005
Langtoft to Rudston, 29 July 2005
Rudston to Langtoft, 30 July 2005
Langtoft to Kilham, 31 July 2005
Fridaythorpe Valley, August 2005
Kilham to Langtoft, 2 August 2005
Sledmere to Malton, 3 August 2005
Buttercup, 3 August 2005
Bugthorpe Valley, August
Bugthorpe Valley, 4 August 2005
Kilham, 6 August 2005
Huggate, St. Mary's Church Spire, August 2005
Kingston Road, Bridlington, 7 August 2005
Sledmere View, 7 & 10 August 2005
Rudston to Sledmere, August
South View on Warter, 14 August 2005
Wheat Field near Fridaythorpe, August 2005
Looking South to Warter, August
Rudston Trees, 18 August 2005
South View on Warter, 20 August 2005
Sledmere House Gardens, 21 August 2005
Sledmere House Gardens I, 22 August 2005
Sledmere House Gardens II, 22 August 2005
Hedgerow near Kilham, October 2005
Puddle near Kilham, October
Fridaythorpe Valley, 25 October 2005
Warter Pines, November
Woldgate to Boynton, 21 November 2005

Oil painting

Working in the outdoors beyond Bridlington for most of the year, Hockney also devotes time to portrait sessions in his Los Angeles studio in advance of a large traveling exhibition to open in 2006. He returns to using oil also in his portraiture, working on both individual and double-portraits, typically life-size full-length figures painted directly on the canvas with no previous drawings. He exhibits several of the single figures at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in London.

Ann and David, Los Angeles, March 10, 2005
Ann and David, March 14, 2005
The Photographer and His Daughter
Charles Falco with Black Bag
Dr. Leon Banks
Arthur Lambert
Self Portrait in Tweed Jacket
Self Portrait Standing with Red Braces
Self Portrait in White Cap
Self Portrait with Charlie
Self Portrait
Self Portrait with John
Gregory Evans
Peter Goulds Standing
Richard Schmidt
Lawrence Weschler
Charlie Scheips
Charlie Sitting
Charlie Scheips in Profile
Matthias Weischer
Lawrence Weschler
John, Bridlington. July 2005
Margaret, Bridlington. July 2005
Maurice Payne
Jean Pierre, Bridlington. 7th August 2005
Lindy
Boodgie as an Old Dog, 2005

Exhibitions

Solo

  • Hand, Eye, Heart, L.A. Louver, Venice, CA (Feb 26–Apr 2); catalogue with a text by Lawrence Weschler.
  • David Hockney, Midsummer: East Yorkshire, 1853 Gallery, Saltaire (Jun 4–Sep 30).

Group

  • Drawing from the Modern, 1945–1975, Museum of Modern Art, New York (Mar 30–Aug 29); catalogue.
  • Art Struck: The William D. Merwin Collection, Saint Louis University Museum of Art (Apr 8–Jul 17).
  • Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London (Jun 7–Aug 15); catalogue.
  • Metamorphosis: British Art of the Sixties, Museum of Modern Art, Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation, Andros (Jun 26–Sep 25); catalogue.
  • British Pop, Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao (Oct 17, 2005–Feb 12, 2006); catalogue.
  • Freud, Auerbach, Hockney, & Rego: Drawing on Copper and Stone, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, U.K.(Oct 21–Dec 16).