The Arrival of Spring at Salt’s Mill: A Photo Tour

Last weekend I had a lovely day out with the family at Salt’s Mill, where one of David Hockney’s more recent collections ‘The Arrival of Spring’ is currently on display. The collection of 33 pieces document the changing landscape of Woldgate in East Yorkshire from January 1st to May 31st 2011, as winter gives way to spring and then summer. So far so standard – the Impressionists were doing this hundreds of years ago – but what makes this collection remarkable is that Hockney created every picture on an iPad.

David Hockney's The Arrival of Spring, Salt's Mill

Hockney has clearly drawn some inspiration from Impressionism; like the famous watercolours, up close many of the pieces look rather nonsensical, with random colours and brushstrokes appearing for no apparent reason. It’s only when you step back that you get the full effect, and this is no more apparent than when you’re stood in the middle of the gallery, the paintings split into four seasonal groups. From the purple and grey palates of winter, you progress around the space through the pale greens and muddy browns of spring into the vibrant pinks and deeper greens of early summer. let’s go on a tour shall we?

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Not bad huh? Makes you wonder what Monet could have done if he had a tablet…

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