The wet British weather mirrored that of the River Pageant yesterday in Battersea Park. But I had to make a return trip to see David Hockney’s Brushes App painting which had been added to the “Artists of the River Pageant” at the Pump House Gallery.
The prestige of my drawing of the Jubilee, being on display in the same exhibition as this expressionist pioneer of Pop Art had me taken aback all week! Heightened color, an enthusiasm of mine, emanates from David Hockney’s iPad paintings, not even so much of sunny Californian Yosemite, but of East Yorkshire; that’s when you know an artist really ‘sees’ into another realm.
My charcoal and oil pastel art of the Queen at the pageant ironically has little color this time. But I feel I heightened instead, what I call ‘light energy’. On that dreary day, in his style, David Hockney squeezed out all those colorful protons and neutrons, so much so, that the Queen’s white, crystal studded coat appears as gold.
Some may think it is déclassé for me to say this, but I make no apologies for enjoying Disney, so when I first saw David Hockney’s vintage cartoon-looking Tower Bridge in “The End Of The Regatta,” the color styling of Walt Peregoy in 1961’s “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” came to mind. And that’s not an indictment against David Hockney’s work either, I believe art should ‘bless’ and deliver ‘happiness’ to the observer. And speaking of being happy, my Hand Embellished art print on display has been sold to a lady who lives on the Thames! The exhibition runs until Sunday September 15th 2013.
David Hockney iPad River Pageant art
‘The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant at Tower Bridge, London’ by Douglas Rickard