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Alan Davie and David Hockney: Early Works at The Hepworth Wakefield

Address

Gallery Walk
Wakefield
WF1 5AW

Contact Details

Tel: 44 (0)1924 247360
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. For further information visit: http://www.hepworthwakefield.org

Directions

By Public Transport:

The gallery is conveniently located 1 mile from Wakefield Westgate station and 0.3 miles from Kirkgate Station.

Wakefield Free City Bus stops close to the gallery. For more information please visit www.wymetro.com

By car
Please see the Hepworth Wakefield website for all the latest information on travelling to the gallery by car. The Pay and Display car park is located on Thornes Lane.

ACCESS
The gallery is fully accessible, please visit the website or contact us for a full access guide.

GROUP VISITS
To arrange your group or coach party visit call us or email groups@hepworthwakefield.org to find out more about special packages for your group.

Prices and opening

Free entry