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A new perspective on Hockney's paintings

Whether you are a novice painter or a seasoned professional, one of the most challenging skills is to play with perspective. David Hockney has done just that in his latest exhibition which he says puts the viewer in the paintings to create a '3D effect without the glasses'.

"Card Players #1". © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

The artist known for his Californian swimming pools and North Yorkshire landcapes said: “Painters have always known there is something wrong with perspective. The problem is the foreground and the vanishing point. The reason we have perspective with a vanishing point, is that it came from optics.

Painters have always known there is something wrong with perspective
David Hockney

"This is why there is always a void between you and the photograph. I am taking this void away, to put you in the picture."

Hockney made the paintings of the card players first which he said helped him work out how to photograph them. Everything in the photographs is taken up close, including the heads, the jackets, the shirt and shoes.

He said: "Each photograph has a vanishing point, so instead of just one I get many vanishing points. It is this that I think gives them an almost 3D effect without the glasses. I think this opens up photography into something new.

"If you really think about it, I know the single photograph cannot be seen as the ultimate realist picture. Well not now. Digital photography can free us from a chemically imposed perspective that has lasted for 180 years.”

Hockney's free exhibition of new paintings and photography opens at Annely Juda Fine Art in London on 15 May 2015 and runs until 27 June 2015.

Watch a slideshow of paintings by David Hockney.

David Hockney’s The Red Table 2014. Photographic drawing printed on paper. Photograph: Richard Schmidt
"JP, JM, JW in the Studio" 2015. Photographic drawing printed on paper. © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

"Studio Interior #2" 2014 Acrylic on canvas. © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt
"The Group V, 6-11 May" 2014 © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

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