Monday, January 4, 2010

David Hockney: Grimm's Fairy Tales Exhibit

From The art of the fairytale to be displayed at museum:

An exhibition of magical etchings by artist David Hockney will be displayed in Tunbridge Wells for the next month.

The popular British artist made 39 illustrations from six of the classic fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, including Rapunzel and Rumpelstilzchen, in the late Sixties.

After reading the 20 stories transcribed by the 19th century German academics, Hockney, 72, was inspired to create vivid images from them by drawing directly on to copper plates.

“The etchings took Hockney six months in 1969 after he had read all of the Grimm’s fairy tales, which really captured his imagination.

“He was really drawn to the most gruesome ones and rather than illustrating them he looked to capture a mood or moment.”

The 39 etchings will be displayed at Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery in Civic Way from next Saturday until Sunday, February 7.

If, like me, you are no where near the exhibit, many of the images are available online on David Hockney's website and even available as prints.

1 comment:

  1. Heidi:
    I had no other way to contact you to let you know that the new online fairy tale magazine, is up and running! We've had thousands of hits since Jan. 1.
    Please contact me, if you get a chance, at Sorry to put this here!