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Review: David Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain

Take a journey through the life of the inspirational British artist David Hockney.

Spanning his full artistic career to date, from his early expression of sexuality to his most recent electronic art, the David Hockney exhibition dives inside the mind of one of Britain’s most iconic and identifiable artists.

Split into individual rooms that represent different periods of Hockney’s creativity, the cleverly curated exhibition offers a particularly candid insight into his life.

Never shying away from his emotions, his art mirrors his own coming-of-age, boasting some of his most notable work to date. The likes of Domestic Scene, Lost Angeles and Model With Unfinished Self-Portrait paint a vivid picture of his early adulthood, juxtaposed against his early abstract work and his more recent fascination with nature.

The uncensored insight into sexuality is liberating, magnified by its placement next to the more everyday. As the exhibition unfolds, so does the sense of self- and widespread acceptance, showcasing family and friends in uncomplicated poses. The depictions of nature later in his life suggest a sense of calm, a suitably picturesque end to a visibly turbulent journey.

It’s this journey that drives the exhibition forward. Through some brilliant pieces of art, David Hockney takes visitors on a trip down memory lane; one that simultaneously astounds, challenges and celebrates. It’s an immensely personal story that is well worth being told.

The David Hockney exhibition is open now at London’s Tate Britain. Selected tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.

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