stop motion animation brings david hockney's dreamy suburban scenes to life
 

stop motion animation brings david hockney's dreamy suburban scenes to life

 

tate britain is currently hosting an exhibition of one of the most popular and influential british artists of the twentieth century — david hockney. the comprehensive show brings together a vast selection of hockney’s most famous works, ranging from painting and drawing, to print, photography and video.

 

in celebration of the exhibition, tate britain commissioned london based director thomas harnett o’meara to create a short, stop motion animation promoting the show. harnett o’meara draws from some of hockey’s best known works, hallmark motifs and characteristic color palettes in the making of a bold, bright and brilliant short film.

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the dreamy animation opens with an image of hockney’s distinctive round glasses infilled by subtly swirling lines. these shapes gradually become an abstract impression of the strokes that stretch across the water in ‘peter getting out of nick’s pool’. hockney’s suburban california landscape is further brought to life by a set of whimsically animated sprinklers, an arcade of paper palm trees, and a miniature hockney himself, peeking into the frame.

 

see harnett o’meara’s short film at the top of the page, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making-of the animation for the tate britain exhibition below. 

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  • Fun. And I like seeing the hints at “methods and materials” presented above; that’s a desirable rarity. But we don’t see the Hockney “head mannikin”. . . !

    Stephen Ritchings

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