Our sponsorship of David Hockney at the Royal Academy

Cazenove Capital are delighted to be sponsoring the David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life exhibition at the Royal Academy

David Hockney is considered to be one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century and having partnered with the Royal Academy since 1997, we are proud to have been the exclusive sponsor of the David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life exhibition which opened in July and closed in October.

Cazenove Capital and the Royal Academy share a long and successful heritage. We respect and admire the innovation that lies at the heart of the Royal Academy.

About the exhibition:

After his monumental landscape exhibition burst to life in The Royal Academy's Main Galleries in 2012, Hockney turned away from painting and from his Yorkshire home, returning to Los Angeles. Slowly he began to return to the quiet contemplation of portraiture, beginning with a depiction of his studio manager. Over the months that followed, he became absorbed by the genre and invited sitters from all areas of his life into his studio.

His subjects – all friends, family and acquaintances – include office staff, fellow artists, curators and gallerists such as John Baldessari and Larry Gagosian. Each work is the same size, showing his sitter in the same chair, against the same vivid blue background and all were painted in the same time frame of three days. Yet Hockney’s virtuoso paint handling allows their differing personalities to leap off the canvas with warmth and immediacy.    

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