By ANISAH ARIF
Art devotees in Bradford have only a few days left to see the ‘My Parents’ painting, by David Hockney in Cartwright Hall Art Gallery.
The artwork, which was voted the nation’s favourite painting in 2014, has been on loan to the gallery since July.
The painting is on display at the Bradford art gallery alongside photos of Hockney’s parents from his own personal albums.
It went on display at the Bradford art gallery, after it returned to the UK from being exhibited in New York.
The painting showing his mother and father, Laura and Kenneth, was voted as the nation’s favourite in an online poll of artwork on display in public galleries in 2014.
In the painting both parents are seated, his father is engrossed in a book while his mother looks out of the painting at the artist.
Before going on display in Bradford, the painting which belongs to the Tate Britain was part of an exhibition at The Met in New York and prior to that was on display at The Pompidu in Paris.
The painting is on display at the Hockney Gallery at Bradford Council’s Cartwright Hall which opened in July 2017, just two days before David’s 80th birthday.
Also on display is the 2017 photograph of the artist by acclaimed Los Angeles photographer Catherine Opie entitled simply David. Opie is considered one of the leading photographers of her generation and one of the foremost documentarians of American life. The photograph is reminiscent of the portraits by Hockney in his body of work ’82 Portraits and 1 Still-life’ which is currently being exhibited in Los Angeles. This photograph is on display at the
Bradford art gallery until 7 July 2019.
Since its opening the Hockney Gallery seen a huge increase in visitor numbers to Cartwright Hall, with just under 61,000 visitors received from July 2017 to December this year. The gallery has been a particular inspiration to local school children with over 1,500 attending Hello Hockney and Hockney Techniques workshops.
It received Highly Commended for Best Permanent Display at the Museum & Heritage Awards 2018.
“I used to love going to Cartwright Hall as a kid, it was the only place in Bradford I could see real paintings.” – David Hockney
Cartwright Hall gained its highest score ever from Visit England’s Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme: “The excellent and insightful Hockney exhibition was a highlight. This new Gallery presented a thoroughly absorbing insight into the artist’s life, works, techniques and close association with the city. An hour in this Gallery simply flew.” (VAQAS report October 2017).
Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “Since the Hockney Gallery opened we’ve had so many fantastic events and workshops bringing the work of David Hockney to life for our visitors.
“The painting ‘My Parents’ is a wonderful piece and I’m delighted, that through the hard work of our staff, we have been able to exhibit the painting at our gallery, especially since it has been shown at such prestigious galleries around the world. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t visited Cartwright Hall to see the painting, to make sure they don’t miss out on this opportunity.”
In order to continue being able to bring important paintings like My Parents to Bradford the gallery has produced mini-souvenir guides about David Hockney – one for adults (£3) and one for children (£2) with the profits all going towards the continued upkeep of the gallery.
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