David Hockney and what his 'return tells us about the new mood in Britain' [Link]. The point being made is that Hockney is a [small c] conservative painter whose landscapes will be on public display at the Royal Academy from 21.1.12.; obviously it is nothing to do with which party Hockney votes for - Oborne continues - the Oakeshottian theme reflected in Hockney's landscapes is that of the great philosopher Michael Oakeshott wrote that "to be conservative… is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss"; some semblance of truth in what Oborne says because Hockney himself said "Anything simple always interests me." Click on image for more.
Image: David Hockney, Rubber Ring Floating in a Swimming Pool, 1971, acrylic on canvas, 37 x 49 in. [94 x 124.5 cm.] Private collection.