Drawing Board

All oil on canvas. 

The pictures featured here form part of an exhibition in Germany of David Hockney’s paintings of his native countryside, reviewed here by Michael Prodger. Prodger writes: “He is in the process of redefining East Yorkshire as Hockney Country.”

These paintings can be viewed at Hockney’s “Just Nature” exhibition at the Kunsthalle Wurth, in Schwabisch Hall, Germany, until 27 September 

ALL IMAGES © DAVID HOCKNEY 

After a long experience in photo-realist drawing, we started experimenting with a new technique of drawing in combination with digital technologies, in order to create a simulation of black and white photography. Between 2000 and 2006, we developed two series: fictitious photographs and film stills from non-existent movies. Sometimes our clichés , or simulations, feature screen icons-Terence Stamp, Donald Sutherland, Isabelle Adjani and Marilyn Manson, among others-in movies that were never made. But most of the time, we produce anonymous celebrities whose identities escape us, but who somehow seem familiar to anyone used to the stereotyped Western mass media and pop culture. This sensation of déjà vu reinforces the photographic illusion of our pictures. The French philosopher Marc Jimenez, referring to possible alliances between art and technology, perfectly sums up the state of our fake photographs project, in which nothing is quite what it seems.