David Hockney’s “Two Deckchairs, Calvi,” painted in 1972, is an example of the artist’s figurative style within the development of Hyper Realism. The scene depicts two deckchairs against a wall in California. Hockney used acrylic paint to create large areas of flat color and then added details, a technique that suited his artistic style.
The painting was exhibited at Museum Boijmans-van Beuningen Rotterdam in 1992 as part of Hockney’s oeuvre, which is characterized by a preoccupation with light and frank realism derived from Pop art and photography. “Two Deckchairs, Calvi” exemplifies this realism with its clean-contoured suburban landscape.
Hockney’s use of acrylic paint created vibrant colors that jump off the canvas and separate him from other modern artists who primarily used oil paints. This technique allowed him to emphasize the beauty found in everyday life while incorporating his unique perspective into his artwork. Overall, Hockney’s “Two Deckchairs, Calvi” showcases his ability to find beauty in mundane subjects through dynamic colors and composition.