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David Hockney: A Matter of Perspective @ STPI Singapore

25. August 2017

If you are an art lover in Singapore, it is quite a challenge to keep up with all the art events and exhibition in the city. And sometimes, these exhibitions actually find you. I went for brunch in Singapore and found a brochure about a current exhibition about British artist David Hockney at the STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery around the corner. As I had not heard about STPI before, I immediately headed over and had the chance to attend a free guided tour. This exhibition on the occasion of STPI’s 15th anniversary will give you a very personal insight into the different dimensions of David Hockney’s work.

More than 30 works by British artist David Hockney exploring his relationship to perspectives are now displayed at STPI in Singapore.

STPI is a contemporary art gallery paired with a creative workshop. Its mission is to promote art that experiments with print and paper. Together with the National Gallery Singapore and the Singapore Art Museum, STPI is part of the national Visual Arts Cluster. Its creative workshop is an incubator for artists. The artists in residence gain access to STPI’s special facilities and a highly qualified team. The network of artists supported by STPI spans across the world. In addition to participation in international fairs, STPI offers a wide public programme to facilitate the access of the public to contemporary art.

On the occasion of STPI’s 15th anniversary, the organization hosts the exhibition “David Hockney: A Matter of Perspective”. Over 30 works, most of them loans from the National Gallery Singapore visualize how the British artist pushes boundaries of print techniques and investigates perspectives. Hockney is well known for his portraits and landscapes and refuses to be cornered into one particular medium or artistic style. Therefore, he constantly experiments and also openly embraces art and technology – he even sketches on iPads.

The exhibitions poses two main questions “How do we see?” and How do we depict?”

Hockney believes that our human eye cannot be limited to a single point of view. Therefore, he rejects the usual point of perspective which pushes the viewer outside of the painting. Hockney actively “pulls” the viewer into his works by using multiple perspectives.

“An Image of Celia”, 1984 © David Hockney / Tyler Graphics Ltd., Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

This destruction of perspectives becomes very clear when you look at the lithograph “An Image of Celia”. Hockney even uses the frame as part of the painting.

In his portraits, Hockney works with live portraits. He does not use pictures and works with people he knows well. Works like “Portrait of Mother” illustrate these close relationships.

“4 Blue Stools”, 2014 © David Hockney, Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

My favourite work of the exhibition was a more recent work by Hockney. “4 Blue Stools” (2014) depicts how the artist embraces traditional and digital media. I really like how this digital collage challenges our feeling for perspectives. It even makes me feel a bit dizzy the longer I look at it 🙂

Until 9 September 2017, you still have the chance to see these unique works by David Hockney at STPI. I highly recommend the free guided tours, which take place every Tuesday & Thursday at 11.30 am and every Saturday at 2 pm.

STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery

41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236

Gallery Opening Hours: Mondays – Fridays: 10 am – 7 pm and Saturdays: 9 am – 6 pm; closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

Source: STPI press release | Pictures courtesy of STPI unless stated otherwise | Website:

Special thanks to Wei Lin Ng, STPI Creative Workshop and Gallery

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