The Duchess of Cornwall has lauded David Hockney’s vibrant new exhibition as ‘glorious and uplifting’ as she visits the reopened gallery wearing an artful face mask.
Camilla, 73, looked at the Bradford-born artist’s new work at the Royal Academy in London to celebrate its reopening following the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions.
In addition to members of the public, the royal family – wearing an appropriate artsy face mask sent to her by a member of the audience – marveled at the 116 new creations on display.
They were digitally painted on an iPad by legendary artist Hockney, before being printed and sent to the UK for framing.
The Duchess of Cornwall has praised David Hockney’s vibrant new exhibition at the Royal Academy in London as ‘glorious and uplifting’ (center photo with RAA President Rebecca Salter, left, and Axel Ruger, CEO, right)
He worked on the collection from his base in Normandy during the lockdown last year, producing a beautiful new piece every day.
The result, David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy 2020 – which runs until August 1 – is now one of the most sought-after tickets in town.
Like all museums, galleries and tourist attractions, the Royal Academy, without government funding, has had to close its doors for months.
It normally attracted a million visitors a year, ran the money at a rate of around £ 1 million a month during lockdown, and received no emergency funding.
Camilla looked at the Bradford-born artist’s new work at the Royal Academy in London to celebrate its reopening following the relaxation of coronavirus restrictions
Rebecca Salter, the academy’s first female president for 253 years to accompany the Duchess, said it had been “tough.”
“Once you close the doors, no one can come to your exhibitions, no one can come and have a cup of tea and a piece of cake,” she said.
She explained that Camilla had been visiting in her role as patron of the Royal Academy Friends, who had proven to be a lifeline.
“To be honest, our friends have kept us going and renewed their membership, even though they couldn’t get by,” she said.
The gallery reopened last week with a 25 percent capacity, and visitors were asked to book tickets in advance.
‘The [Hockney] exhibition is so cheerful and positive and just puts a smile on your face, ‘said Mrs. Salter.
David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy 2020 – which runs until August 1 – is now one of the most sought after tickets in town and Camilla said she ‘couldn’t wait to see it’
When she arrived, Camilla said she ‘couldn’t wait to see it,’ and talked at length with her hosts about Hockney’s design process – she was told he was inspired by Van Gough and Monet, among others – and how it was printed.
She was particularly captivated by a photo of Happy Blossom entitled ‘Happy Blossom’, with the second ‘e’ crossed out with a cross.
“We need some happy blossoms, don’t we?” she said. “I feel very lucky to have seen these beautiful photos.”
The Duchess also viewed an impressive exhibition by Royal Academy graduate Michael Armitage, Paradise Edict, which draws on contemporary East African art.
In addition to members of the audience, the royal family – with an appropriate artsy face mask sent to her, a member of the audience – marveled at the 116 new creations on display
Before she left, Camilla talked to some of the academy staff, who are helping to get it back on track.
She laughed and discussed things people should do during the lockdown, including video calls.
She shared that the academy, which had shifted much of its activity to the Internet, had seen some ‘online fatigue’, she said, ‘We can all think of things we’ve had to do and don’t want to do anymore.
‘I think we all long for human contact. Personally, I never want to make a zoom call every time again! ‘
When she left she stopped to speak to two ladies enjoying a cup of coffee outside the building in Piccadilly, London and said the exhibition was just what we needed ‘
‘I just want to see people face to face. It is wonderful to meet people again. ‘
When she left, she stopped to talk to two ladies who were enjoying a cup of coffee outside the building in Piccadilly, London.
“It’s delicious and very uplifting – just what we need,” she said.
When one of the women pointed out a photo showing rain, Camilla joked, “Well, we’ve seen enough of that!”