David Hockney, ‘Remember that you cannot look at the sun or death for very long’, 2021
“Every artist’s studio is different because it is a reflection of their personalities, habits, and above all, what they need to do: their work. Some are huge, others tiny; some are orderly, others chaotic. Each of Hockney’s studios that I have seen (this is the fifth) has had its own particular qualities. In Bridlington, he began to work in a cramped, improvised space tucked away under the eaves of the house where he was living, which had previously been a small hotel. Then, as the scale and ambition of the pictures that he was doing grew, it became obvious that he needed a larger place to make them.
This studio in the Normandy countryside is a working environment tailored to a painter who, like all important artists, is unique is his attitudes, creative rhythms, and practical requirements. Moreover the space is perfectly adapted to his needs and interests right now, in his early eighties. It is a studio in a landscape, immersed in the natural world, in the midst of silence and living plants.” - Martin Gayford, 2021
- Spring Cannot Be Cancelled, David Hockney in Normandy, by Martin Gayford, Thames & Hudson, 2021
A light pillar is an atmospheric optical phenomenon in which a vertical beam of light appears to extend above and/or below a light source. The effect is created by the reflection of light from tiny ice crystals that are suspended in the atmosphere or that comprise high-altitude clouds.