David Hockney and the Pre-Raphaelites

Unlikely bedfellows?

The new Christmas Exhibition at Madryn Studios combines two of this year’s major London exhibitions into one fascinating show, enabling those of us who were not able to make it to the Tate Britain and the Royal Academy to get a flavour of these important shows.

Combining rebellion, beauty, scientific precision and imaginative grandeur, the Pre-Raphaelites constitute Britain’s first modern art movement. This exhibition of prints shows the Pre-Raphaelites to be advanced in their approach to painting. Led by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood rebelled against the art establishment of the mid-nineteenth century, taking inspiration from early Renaissance painting.

The selection of David Hockney prints demonstrate s his long exploration and fascination with the depiction of landscape. New work that dates from 2005 captures the beauty of the changing seasons, the cycle of growth and the journey that Hockney has taken through his beloved landscapes in Yorkshire.

This combination may sound like ‘unlikely bedfellows’, but the contrasts make interesting viewing. The strong tradition of exquisite English landscape painting is upheld, albeit in contrasting styles, yet in keeping with the different artistic times.

All prints are expertly mounted and framed and ready to purchase “off the wall”, and could well makes an interesting and original gift for someone. Prices are very reasonable.

This exhibition opens on Thursday 13th December at 6.00 – 8.00pm, all welcome. It will be open until Saturday 22nd December, and continue in January.

Madryn Studio is easy to find in the centre of the village of Combeinteignhead, five minutes from Pen Inn roundabout, Newton Abbot.