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See spring through the eyes of David Hockney RA 😍During last year's lockdown, Hockney captured the unfolding of spring o...
09/08/2021

See spring through the eyes of David Hockney RA 😍

During last year's lockdown, Hockney captured the unfolding of spring on his iPad, creating 116 new and hopeful works in praise of the natural world. Click here for tickets: roy.ac/DavidHockneySpring

Images: ‘David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020’ at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 23 May — 26 September 2021. Photography: © Royal Academy of Arts , London / David Parry. All works: © David Hockney

#HockneySpring #art #FineArt #RoyalAcademy

Come and weave something wonderful at the RA this September. There are still spots on our weekend course with artist Ism...
04/08/2021
Drawing with threads: an introduction to weaving | Event | Royal Academy of Arts

Come and weave something wonderful at the RA this September.

There are still spots on our weekend course with artist Ismini Samanidou, where you’ll learn how to use a small frame loom to produce colourful woven images.
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Join us for a weekend-long weaving course, to reclaim the magic of making through a simultaneously universal and often-overlooked artform.

Can't make it to the RA?Explore the colourful, dreamlike works of Kenyan-born artist Michael Armitage from home in our l...
03/08/2021
Virtual tour: Michael Armitage, Paradise Edict | Blog | Royal Academy of Arts

Can't make it to the RA?

Explore the colourful, dreamlike works of Kenyan-born artist Michael Armitage from home in our latest virtual exhibition tour.

#RAMichaelArmitage
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Can’t visit the RA right now? Explore the colourful, dreamlike works of Kenya-born artist Michael Armitage from your sofa, in our latest virtual tour.

Exciting news: we've just released additional tickets to 'David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020'! roy.ac/...
14/07/2021

Exciting news: we've just released additional tickets to 'David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020'! roy.ac/DavidHockneySpring

In the meantime, we can't wait to see more of you at the RA soon – but we'll be taking things slowly too. The safety of our visitors and staff is still our priority, and our galleries will remain quieter than usual, even with the additional tickets.

‘David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020’ at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 23 May — 26 September 2021. Photography: © Royal Academy of Arts , London / David Parry. All works: © David Hockney

Exciting news: we've just released additional tickets to 'David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020'! roy.ac/DavidHockneySpring

In the meantime, we can't wait to see more of you at the RA soon – but we'll be taking things slowly too. The safety of our visitors and staff is still our priority, and our galleries will remain quieter than usual, even with the additional tickets.

‘David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020’ at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 23 May — 26 September 2021. Photography: © Royal Academy of Arts , London / David Parry. All works: © David Hockney

The Young Artists’ Summer Show opens at the RA today! 🎨This painting is ‘Mwene's Emoji’ by 18-year-old Marcela, and this...
13/07/2021

The Young Artists’ Summer Show opens at the RA today! 🎨

This painting is ‘Mwene's Emoji’ by 18-year-old Marcela, and this year it has been awarded the prestigious President’s Prize by Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy.

Marcela says: “This painting is to illustrate the value of joy when making art by highlighting it through the use of childlike creativity. My brother stands as a proud artist beside his emoji inspired self portrait, in a gallery setting... validating the idea that childlike creative freedom is important when creating art.”

You can view all of this year’s selected artworks in our online exhibition – and vote for your favourite in the People's Choice Award. Click here: roy.ac/youngartists.

The display at the RA, generously sponsored by Robin Hambro, will run from 13 July – 8 August.

#RoyalAcademyofArts #RAYoungArtists

The Young Artists’ Summer Show opens at the RA today! 🎨

This painting is ‘Mwene's Emoji’ by 18-year-old Marcela, and this year it has been awarded the prestigious President’s Prize by Rebecca Salter, President of the Royal Academy.

Marcela says: “This painting is to illustrate the value of joy when making art by highlighting it through the use of childlike creativity. My brother stands as a proud artist beside his emoji inspired self portrait, in a gallery setting... validating the idea that childlike creative freedom is important when creating art.”

You can view all of this year’s selected artworks in our online exhibition – and vote for your favourite in the People's Choice Award. Click here: roy.ac/youngartists.

The display at the RA, generously sponsored by Robin Hambro, will run from 13 July – 8 August.

#RoyalAcademyofArts #RAYoungArtists

New London restaurant alert! 🇪🇸It's been a summer without holidays for most – but don't let that stop you from indulging...
12/07/2021
José Pizarro | Royal Academy of Arts

New London restaurant alert! 🇪🇸

It's been a summer without holidays for most – but don't let that stop you from indulging in the best Jamón Ibérico, Basque cheesecake, Manchego cheese and paella this side of Valencia.
Restaurateur and acclaimed chef, José Pizarro, is bringing traditional Spanish cooking to the RA next month when he opens his new restaurant in Burlington Gardens.🍷

Feeling peckish? Book a table now: roy.ac/josepizarro

The Royal Academy of Arts, located in the heart of London, is a place where art is made, exhibited and debated.

Happy 84th birthday to David Hockney RA! 🎂 🎉Over his six decade-long career, he's produced portraits, landscapes, photog...
09/07/2021

Happy 84th birthday to David Hockney RA! 🎂 🎉

Over his six decade-long career, he's produced portraits, landscapes, photography, prints, stage designs and most recently, iPad paintings.

Last year, in the middle of a pandemic, he made at least one painting a day on his iPad from his home in Normandy which are now on display in our exhibition, David Hockney ‘The Arrival of Spring in Normandy, 2020’.

Click here to learn more: roy.ac/DavidHockneySpring

Image: David Hockney in his Normandy studio, 24 February 2021
© David Hockney
Photo: Jonathan Wilkinson

#HockneySpring #RoyalAcademyofArts #art

Happy 84th birthday to David Hockney RA! 🎂 🎉

Over his six decade-long career, he's produced portraits, landscapes, photography, prints, stage designs and most recently, iPad paintings.

Last year, in the middle of a pandemic, he made at least one painting a day on his iPad from his home in Normandy which are now on display in our exhibition, David Hockney ‘The Arrival of Spring in Normandy, 2020’.

Click here to learn more: roy.ac/DavidHockneySpring

Image: David Hockney in his Normandy studio, 24 February 2021
© David Hockney
Photo: Jonathan Wilkinson

#HockneySpring #RoyalAcademyofArts #art

Some sunflowers to brighten up your Wednesday, courtesy of the RA Collection.Sir Frank Brangwyn RA, 'Sunflowers', Early ...
07/07/2021

Some sunflowers to brighten up your Wednesday, courtesy of the RA Collection.

Sir Frank Brangwyn RA, 'Sunflowers', Early 20th century. Oil on board. 755 mm x 632 mm. © The Artist's Estate. RA Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London.

#art #FineArt #RoyalAcademy #sunflowers #summer #yellow

Some sunflowers to brighten up your Wednesday, courtesy of the RA Collection.

Sir Frank Brangwyn RA, 'Sunflowers', Early 20th century. Oil on board. 755 mm x 632 mm. © The Artist's Estate. RA Collection, Royal Academy of Arts, London.

#art #FineArt #RoyalAcademy #sunflowers #summer #yellow

13/06/2021
David Hockney on his celebration of spring

“There is no oil painting art, or digital art... There’s only art, actually.”

With David Hockney’s joyful exhibition of spring works filling our galleries – but the artist back at home in his Normandy studio – curator Edith Devaney catches up with him from the RA, pandemic-style.

#HockneySpring

How you look coming out of your vaccination appointment.
07/06/2021

How you look coming out of your vaccination appointment.

How you look coming out of your vaccination appointment.

"When values are so contested and culture wars keep invading culture, it’s important to recognise real brilliance when y...
07/06/2021
Chimps in lingerie from a magical master – Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict review

"When values are so contested and culture wars keep invading culture, it’s important to recognise real brilliance when you see it. Michael Armitage is something very special, a true artist."

#RAMichaelArmitage
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2021/may/21/chimps-lingerie-magical-master-michael-armitage-paradise-edict-review-royal-academy

The Kenyan painter conjures up delirious forest landscapes and surreal scenes of African city life. But there are dangers lurking in this paradise – as well as superb spoofs on European painting

28/05/2021
How to: make tempura paint

Have a go at making your own paint with eggs, make-up, spices and chalk!

Have you ever eaten a runny egg for breakfast, then struggled to scrub the plate clean? Egg yolks are fast-drying and a strong binder, which makes them perfect for making paint!

In fact, egg tempera is such a long-lasting paint medium that there are still well-preserved paintings from the first century AD.

Who's joining us tonight for Marina Abramović In Conversation?There are still some tickets left for this online event, i...
27/05/2021
Marina Abramović | Event | Royal Academy of Arts

Who's joining us tonight for Marina Abramović In Conversation?

There are still some tickets left for this online event, in which we'll be exploring art, heartbreak and healing in her recent opera project, ‘7 Deaths of Maria Callas’.

Damiani #AbramovicInConversation

https://roy.ac/n7yfxd

Marina Abramović joins the RA’s Director of Exhibitions, Andrea Tarsia, to explore art, heartbreak and healing in her recent opera project, ‘7 Deaths of Maria Callas’.

It’s been wonderful welcoming visitors back to the RA, including HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. During her visit she viewe...
26/05/2021

It’s been wonderful welcoming visitors back to the RA, including HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. During her visit she viewed our exhibitions ‘David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020’ (pictured here, with RA President Rebecca Salter, and Axel Rüger, Secretary and Chief Executive) and ‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’.

In 2016 The Duke of Edinburgh passed on the patronage of the Royal Academy Friends to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall after almost forty years, having been Patron since the scheme was founded in 1977.

It’s been wonderful welcoming visitors back to the RA, including HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. During her visit she viewed our exhibitions ‘David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020’ (pictured here, with RA President Rebecca Salter, and Axel Rüger, Secretary and Chief Executive) and ‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’.

In 2016 The Duke of Edinburgh passed on the patronage of the Royal Academy Friends to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall after almost forty years, having been Patron since the scheme was founded in 1977.

David Hockney RA: “What does the world look like? I don’t think it looks like photographs. You have to find out yourself...
25/05/2021
“I love drawing”: David Hockney on iPad painting and finding joy in Spring | Blog | Royal Academy of Arts

David Hockney RA: “What does the world look like? I don’t think it looks like photographs. You have to find out yourself, you have to draw it.”

During lockdown last spring, Hockney created at least one iPad painting every day.

“I kept drawing the winter trees, and then the small buds that became the blossom, and then the full blossom.”

Read Hockney’s article on adapting his iPad brushes – and why he thinks everyone should draw.

roy.ac/HockneyiPad

#HockneySpring

David Hockney spent lockdown capturing Spring arriving in Normandy. Here, he reflects on how technology has transformed his practice.

‘David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020’ opens today!This new body of work – 116 works in total – has been...
23/05/2021
David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 | Exhibition | Royal Academy of Arts

‘David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020’ opens today!

This new body of work – 116 works in total – has been ‘painted’ on the iPad and then printed onto paper, with Hockney overseeing all aspects of production.

Made in the spring of 2020, during a period of intense activity at his home in Normandy, this exhibition charts the unfolding of spring, from beginning to end, and is a joyous celebration of the seasons.

Thank you to the generous support of our sponsors for this exhibition: Charles Stanley Wealth Managers, #BottegaVeneta and Offer Waterman.

#HockneySpring

https://roy.ac/qf66gk

In the midst of a pandemic, David Hockney RA captured the unfolding of spring on his iPad, creating 116 new and optimistic works in praise of the natural world.

‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’ opens today! In this exhibition the artist bridges East African and European artistic...
22/05/2021
Michael Armitage | Exhibition | Royal Academy of Arts

‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’ opens today!

In this exhibition the artist bridges East African and European artistic traditions, and includes works by East African artists who have had a great impact on his artistic development: https://roy.ac/uyndnc

#RAMichaelArmitage

An exciting new force in painting, Michael Armitage draws from Titian, Goya, Manet and Gauguin to explore East African culture and folklore.

‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’ opens next week, in an exhibition which bridges East African and European artistic tr...
15/05/2021

‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’ opens next week, in an exhibition which bridges East African and European artistic traditions: https://roy.ac/vsc4y2

Michael Armitage’s ‘The Chicken Thief’ is a painting from a series of works made following the contested Kenyan elections in 2017.

Armitage, however, was not interested in the political characters of the day or in chronicling the events, instead painting the human stories and sometimes surreal scenes.

In this painting, we see a thief triumphantly escaping with two plump chickens. As he runs away, he seems to be urged on by a monkey whose limbs dissolve into flame, while his stride takes him over what could be a pool of petrol, reflecting the fiery scene.

Michael Armitage, ‘The Chicken Thief’, 2019. Oil on Lubugo bark cloth, 200 x 150 cm. Courtesy the Artist and White Cube © Michael Armitage. Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis)

‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’ opens next week, in an exhibition which bridges East African and European artistic traditions: https://roy.ac/vsc4y2

Michael Armitage’s ‘The Chicken Thief’ is a painting from a series of works made following the contested Kenyan elections in 2017.

Armitage, however, was not interested in the political characters of the day or in chronicling the events, instead painting the human stories and sometimes surreal scenes.

In this painting, we see a thief triumphantly escaping with two plump chickens. As he runs away, he seems to be urged on by a monkey whose limbs dissolve into flame, while his stride takes him over what could be a pool of petrol, reflecting the fiery scene.

Michael Armitage, ‘The Chicken Thief’, 2019. Oil on Lubugo bark cloth, 200 x 150 cm. Courtesy the Artist and White Cube © Michael Armitage. Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis)

"You can curl up and die – or you can get on with it."Tracey Emin RA discusses her battle with cancer and her show here ...
13/05/2021
BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour, Tracey Emin; Women and Nightclubs; Young Children and Mental Health

"You can curl up and die – or you can get on with it."

Tracey Emin RA discusses her battle with cancer and her show here at the Royal Academy on BBC Woman's Hour.

There are still tickets available for Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul: https://roy.ac/vgfdqq

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000vq57

Tracey Emin on her latest exhibition and re-imaginging nightclubs so women feel safe.

Who's joining us and Lubaina Himid this Wednesday for an hour talking about her career and practice?Himid has sought to ...
10/05/2021
Lubaina Himid in conversation | Royal Academy of Arts

Who's joining us and Lubaina Himid this Wednesday for an hour talking about her career and practice?

Himid has sought to uncover marginalised and silenced histories, figures, and cultural moments. Working across painting, drawing, collage, print and installation, Himid encourages personal encounters with her artworks as well as reflecting on the connections to 18th and 19th-century British art, culture and society.

https://roy.ac/wznlhc

Join Lubaina Himid CBE and the RA's Director of Collections and Learning, Rebecca Lyons, as they explore painting, people and activism in Himid's practice.

06/05/2021

Polite reminder: just because you've had your Covid jab doesn't mean you can lick the paintings when we reopen.

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