Artist Hockney revels in French lifestyle

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“The French know how to live. They know about pleasure,” Bradford-born artist said of his decision to leave Los Angeles after 55 years and move to France.

British artist David Hockney has moved to Normandy from Los Angeles, his home for much of the past 55 years.

“I’d like to just work and paint,” he told the WSJ Magazine. “And to be able to smoke and eat in a restaurant at the same time. Thank God for Normandy. The French know how to live. They know about pleasure.”

The Bradford-born artist said of his new French home: “I can do twice as much work there, three times as much … ‘I’ve probably not much time left and because I don’t, I value it even more.”

His next exhibition, which is due to open in Manhattan in autumn, will feature a 24-panel panorama and four additional works depicting the arrival of Spring in Normandy, seen from his new permanent home – which he bought on a whim in 2018.

‘I fell in love with it’, he said of the property, which dates back to the 17th century.

It took Hockney 21 days to complete the artwork and will feature his French property in detail.

The work is inspired by traditional Chinese scroll painting, contemporary time-based art, and the Bayeux Tapestry.

Hockney described his relaxing routine in Normandy: waking up early to watch the sun rise, then working in his studio all morning.

He breaks for lunch at midday – his only meal of the day – at a nearby cafe. After an afternoon nap, he works long into the evening, he said.

Source: The Connexion, Artnet