Bridlington Studio Interior199618 1/8 x 25 5/8 in. oil painting
LA Louver, Los Angeles
Private Collection, 1998
Studio interiors remained a favored subject for artists throughout the 19th and 20th Centuries. David Hockney’s “Bridlington Studio Interior” (1996) was painted during a difficult time for the artist. His mother’s illness in 1996 compelled the artist to use warmer colors and paint simple subjects such as still lifes, portraits, and interiors. The studio depicted here was located at Hockney's mother's house in Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast, evoking a sense of nostalgia that is deeply personal to the artist and drawing the viewer into the space. This emotionally charged work features a space devoid of figures; the easel and chairs are the only intimations of the presence of people.
“I love life. I write it at the end of letters – 'Love life, David Hockney.' When I’m working, I feel like Picasso, I feel I’m 30. When I stop I know I’m not, but when I paint, I stand up for six hours a day and yeah, I feel I’m 30. Picasso said that, from the age of 30 to 90, he always felt 30 when he painted.”- David Hockney