Hockney’s Eye | The art and technology of depiction | The Fitzwilliam Museum and The Heong Gallery | Downing College, Cambridge | UK

The display charts Hockney’s pioneering modern experiments from the 1960s to the present day in bringing hand, eye, and optical instruments together. In his use of cameras, digital drawing, the iPad, and digital film, Hockney follows a tradition of creative experiments with optical devices that goes back from Ingres’ proposed use of the camera lucida to Canaletto’s camera obscura.


Image ©David Hockney, “Self Portrait, 22nd November 2021″, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 30”. Photo Credit: Jonathan Wilkinson. Copy ©The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge and The Observer.