Hockney at NGV.

At almost 80, David Hockney is one of Britain’s most avid and highly regarded creators; an investigator, experimenter, developer. Rising to stardom during the Pop art movement of the 1950s and 60s, Hockney moved between California and London creating some of his best-known works including Beverly Hills Housewife and A Bigger Splash. Openly gay, his life experiences and relationships influenced is work on a huge scale, which often raised criticisms from the public and fellow artists.

Bigger trees near Warter or ou Peinture sur le motif pour le Nouvel Age Post-Photographique (2008).

Bigger trees near Warter or ou Peinture sur le motif pour le Nouvel Age Post-Photographique (2008).

At the NGV until March 13, over 1200 works are on display, featuring digital drawings, videos and portraits from over the past six years. The elaborate, vibrantly coloured works demonstrate the skill and precision in Hockney’s work from different scaled drawings using an iPhone and iPad to the portraiture room where over eighty portraits of people in his life are featured in the same way.

The very personal invasion of his works combined with his love of nature and his advocacy on tops such as gay rights and smoking are threaded throughout each piece. The exhibition concludes with Seven Yorkshire Landscapes a showcase of the seasons via video on the one stretch of road over the space of a year.

David Hockey is featured at the National Gallery of Victoria until March 13, 2017.