David Hockney is considered one of Britain’s most influential artists of the twentieth century, and in particular the Pop art movement of the 1960s. A Bigger Splash was painted in 1967, when Hockney was living in Los Angeles, and is reflective of the Californian climate and modernist architecture. Dominated by strong vertical and horizontal lines, the muted colours in A Bigger Splash soften the overall effect, giving the painting a calmness despite the action of the ‘splash’.
Space and light are essential for any interior taking Hockney’s A Bigger Splash as its inspiration. The painting depicts a typical sunny, cloudless day in California, and this warmth and brightness should be evident in your Hockney-inspired decor. Focus on the subdued colours found in A Bigger Splash, pairing them with plenty of white as well as one or two of the painting’s stronger hues – the green or the blue – as accents. This will allow you to recreate the light, bright feel of the painting in your home.
Alternatively, saturate your interiors with the variety of colours featured in the painting. The turquoise blue of the swimming pool and the jungle green of the palms are excellent for accenting an otherwise understated space, but using the colours in A Bigger Splash in all their gradations – from the pale to deep grays, light to dark browns, soft to strong blues – will give your interiors a livelier appearance.
Just as important as the colours in A Bigger Splash is the focus on geometric shapes, particularly vertical and horizontal lines. You can achieve this geometry in your interiors by introducing colours from the painting in ‘blocks’, using rugs, throw cushions, and other accessories, but also with items of furniture that have sharp, defined lines.
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