The Road Across the Wolds, 1997, by David Hockney
Photo: Steve Oliver
“The pursuit of nature is an almost cer tain road to happiness... There has never been an age, however rude and uncultivated, in which the love of landscape has not been in some way manifested.”
– John Constable WELCOME
Catalysts for Change David Hockney reminds us what the politicians have forgotten
We have to be grateful to David Hockney for bringing Nature into the heart of
London; his landscape paintings exhibited earlier in the year at the Royal Academy - are a reminder to the city people that ultimately it is the fields, forests, hills, rivers and the natural environment that are the true source of beauty, security, inspiration, livelihood, health and jobs. When most people in London, especially politicians, business leaders and the media are ever obsessed with money, finance, economic growth and higher living standards it is the work of great artists, like David Hockney, which draws our attention to the real wealth, the natural capital, which we often take for granted.
Once Shelley said, “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world”.
Hockney, who shares with us his own sense of place in this new issue of Resurgence, may not be a poet of words but he is certainly a poet of
David Hockney is the hero of the environmental movement colours and images. He may not want to be, but he may be the best legislator of all. Again he may not want to be called as such but in my view he is the hero of the environmental movement; his work is a great celebration of Nature and our deep relationship with the Earth.
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