David Hockney Goes Big and Goes Home

The artist looks lovingly-with paint, video and iPads-at his native English landscape

Ian Allen for TIME

Landscape is not exactly a widespread pursuit among painters these days. Maybe nature feels too threatened to be treated in a straightforward way. That hill, those woods? Only a matter of time before the frackers come in. And then there's David Hockney, long the Peter Pan of British painting, now, strange to say, its gray eminence at age 76. In the mid-2000s he took up residence in England after spending most of the previous four decades in Los Angeles--and not just in England but in Bridlington, a Yorkshire coastal town east of the more industrial city of Bradford, where he grew...

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