Loyal readers of this blog will know I am not an art student, graduate or an artist however I find enjoyment, fun and I even get a buzz from stepping into a gallery. I don’t make a lot of money and am a hard-working  run of the mill Northern Irish citizen. But I do love to envision what the artist is trying to imply, what the artist was thinking when he painted/created his masterpiece and what the subject (if there is one is thinking at the time.) What I would love to express to all readers of this blog and what I think the MAC does so well is that ART in any form is open to everybody and is exhibited, performed and made to be enjoyed by the masses!!

So when I was invited to the opening of the new David Hockney exhibition in the MAC Belfast I jumped at the chance. Hockney is a well known artist some call one of the greatest living artists and I have to agree. Hockney is an artist who interests me a lot and I am a lover of contemporary art (you may remember me gushing about my June visit to the Tate Fitness, Fashion and Flights (including Shape up for Summer update)) .

This is the first time that his work has been displayed in Northern Ireland and on Thursday night it came with fanfare, speeches and laughter. I was itching to get into the space to see what works had been displayed. I’ve attached a few of my favorites but I would love my readers to go explore and let me know what you enjoy.

Also don’t forget to pick up a copy of the exhibitions brochure which has been made into a coloring-in book (what a fantastic idea).

If you are totally clueless and have no idea about art (just like to bluff like me 😉 ) pop in and pick up an audio guide to lead you around the space and tell you more about the artists life and influences.

I will be back to take in this exhibition when the crowd and fanfare of the opening night had dispersed but I will still be fizzing with excitement.


Emer D xx


Information on the exhibition:

I draw, I do is the first significant presentation of Hockney’s work in Ireland. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s formative years at Bradford Regional College of Art in the 1950s and how the training and experimentation pursued there stayed with him and was further drawn on throughout his career.

Works on display include rarely seen anatomical and observational drawings, early graphite portraits as well as the print series Rakes Progress (1961-63): a semi-autobiographical story about Hockney, the ‘rake’, and the down and outs he met in New York in the early 1960s. The format, story and numbering system in this series is based on William Hogarth’s 1735 suite of prints of the same title.

In addition to these early pieces, also on display are significant later works which demonstrate Hockney’s continued interest in pushing the boundaries of drawing practice using new technologies.

The title of the exhibition is taken from an interview with the artist and designer Paul Smith. Smith asked, “Do you still draw in the more traditional way; in the way you first did when you left the Royal College?” And Hockney replied:

“Yeah, I draw, I do…. From the age of 16 to the age of 20, all I did was really draw, because I was at the art school in Bradford and in Bradford you could be in the school from nine in the morning to nine at night, because as a full-time student, you could go in the evenings and you’d have a life class then. So I drew for four years.

I don’t know what art schools are like now, but I’m told they don’t do drawing. That seems a bit mad to me that.

Drawing is going to be needed in the future.”

Curated in partnership with Jill Iredale, Curator of Fine Art at Bradford Museums and Galleries..

Visit themaclive.com/shows/david-hockney-i-draw-i-do to book tickets.