‘Bizarre’ new David Hockney artwork unveiled as part of £7m tourism campaign and the people have thoughts
David Hockney has been roundly ridiculed for a new London art piece that’s been likened to “the work of a six-year-old”.
London mayor Sadiq Khan unveiled the newly-installed artwork at Piccadilly Circus station on Tuesday (11 May) as part of a £7million campaign to attract more visitors to the capital. The mayor’s office confirmed to PinkNews that Hockney contributed the artwork free of charge.
Hockney, 83, composed a re-drawing of the London Underground roundel in yellow and purple, with the “S” at the end pushed onto another line as if the artist ran out of room.
Khan declared it a “brilliant work” and promised more to come very soon, which didn’t exactly illicit the enthusiasm he’d hoped for.
The iconic gay designer is famed for his quirky aesthetic and unconventional style, but many pointed out his latest piece looked decidedly more Microsoft Paint than pop art.
“If you had said this was a children’s competition to redesign the logo and this was the winner I’d have equally believed it,” commented one critic online.
Others called Hockney’s work “bizarre”, “hideous”, “a joke” and a “spoof”, while Specsavers simply tweeted: “See me.”
— Specsavers (@Specsavers) May 11, 2021
London: “David, you said you’d have something to us by today?”
London: “David? Are you there?”
*panicked scribbling sounds*
David Hockney: “Yes, yes. Just sending it…”
— Luke Benson (@Mr_LukeBenson) May 11, 2021
Sadiq I’m sure you’re well aware this looks absolutely rubbish.
— Daniel (@sillyolddaniel) May 11, 2021
David Hockney turning up at the TFL office pic.twitter.com/rhuHT1iEI8
— Alistair Ryder (@YesitsAlistair) May 11, 2021
All artists are prepared to suffer for their work. It’s a real shame that David Hockney expects the rest of us to fucking suffer on his behalf.
— Simon Lord 🏉🏍🌊🏴 (@MPC3675) May 11, 2021
Remember seeing this painting back in the day… pic.twitter.com/kPcAE97y4u
— The Jase 🐶 🎸 🎥 (@jasemonkey) May 11, 2021
Many questioned the decision to commission a wealthy and established figure with few connections to London, rather than an emerging local artist who would benefit from the exposure.
Meanwhile, others were hard at work creating their own Hockney masterpieces.
I would like to submit my art for consideration pic.twitter.com/JgcbnNrI40
— George Tuckley (@georgetuckley2) May 11, 2021
When do I get my cheque? pic.twitter.com/yhjwYWf9Pn
— Iain M Spardagus (@IMSpardagus) May 12, 2021
Can’t wait for the full roll out pic.twitter.com/PZLva6D3WH
— Greer Riddell (@greerstorm) May 11, 2021
The mayor’s office confirmed that the drawing follows on from Hockney’s new exhibition at the RA which comprises 116 works drawn on an iPad around the themes of hope, spring and renewal.
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