Since 1960 David Hockney has charmed the world with his Pop-primitivist paintings, which, never taking themselves too seriously, evoke true feelings of nostalgia, tranquility and the propensity to daydream. His exhibition 'A Bigger Picture,' focusing on the East Yorkshire landscape, is spending the summer at the Guggenheim in Bilbao after a successful run at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Hockney, considered by many to be Britain's most famous living painter, has become somewhat of a rebel from his refusal to rebel. As hip artistic themes turned conceptual and hip artistic aesthetics turned abstract, Hockney continued pursuing his passion for representational landscapes, albeit with a twist. Fearlessly combining Cubism and cartooning, art historical tradition and the latest Apple product, Hockney's work is infused with tradition, yet he the cannon like a box of crayons to be mixed and matched at will. His fearlessness and capriciousness has kept his work informed and innovative for over 40 years.

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Most of the exhibition consists of recent landscape oil paintings in massive scale, having been painted onto multiple combined canvasses. Some are made of 15, others 30, all depicting a sharp-edged psychedelia that evokes everything from Monet's haystacks to Roussea's lush jungles. His acidic palette uses colors almost too bright for nature, that primarily exists on digital screens.

Aside from his oddly fervent stand on tobacco rights, these days Hockney is most known for his iPad drawings. The exhibition shows a selection of the notorious works, although they are more difficult to pick out than you may suspect. The smooth lines and bright hues perfectly suit Hockney's signature style, making the decision less of a gimmick and more of a wise progression. Apparently the Queen agreed, as Hockney rendered her portrait via iPad for her Jubilee last week.

While not everyone is a Hockney fan, it is undeniably that he has managed to stay relevant and prolific for quite a while without really giving a damn about what people think. The exhibition runs at the Guggenheim Bilbao until September 30.

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  • Winter Timber, 2009 Oil on fifteen canvases 274.3 x 609.6 cm (each 91.4 x 121.9 cm) Private collection © David Hockney Photo credit: Jonathan Wilkinson

  • David Hockney Under the Trees, Bigger 2010-11 Oil on twenty canvases 365.8 x 609.6 cm (each 91.4 x 121.9 cm) Courtesy of the artist © David Hockney Photo credit: Richard Schmidt

  • David Hockney Ordinary Picture, 1964 Acrylic on canvas 182.9 x 182.9 cm Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966 © David Hockney Photo credit: Prudence Cuming Associates

  • David Hockney The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) - 2 January iPad drawing printed on paper 144.1 x 108 cm; one of a 52-part work Courtesy of the artist © David Hockney

  • David Hockney Pearblossom Highway, 11-18 April 1986 #1 Photocollage 119.4 x 163.8 cm The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Gift of David Hockney © David Hockney Photo credit: Prudence Cuming Associates

  • David Hockney A Closer Winter Tunnel, February-March, 2006 Oil on six canvases 182.9 x 365.8 cm (each 91.4 x 121.9 cm) Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Purchased with funds provided by Geoff and Vicki Ainsworth, the Florence and William Crosby Bequest and the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation, 2007 © David Hockney Photo credit: Richard Schmidt

  • David Hockney Woldgate Woods, 21, 23 and 29 November 2006 Oil on six canvases 182.9 x 365.8 cm (each 91.4 x 121.9 cm) Courtesy of the artist © David Hockney Photo credit: Richard Schmidt

  • The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) Oil on 32 canvases 365.8 x 975.4 cm (each 91.4 x 121.9 cm); one of a 52-part work Courtesy of the artist © David Hockney Photo credit: Jonathan Wilkinson

  • David Hockney Under the Trees, Bigger 2010-11 Oil on twenty canvases 365.8 x 609.6 cm (each 91.4 x 121.9 cm) Courtesy of the artist © David Hockney Photo credit: Richard Schmidt

  • The Big Hawthorn, 2008 Oil on nine canvases 274.3 x 365.8 cm (each 91.4 x 121.9 cm) Courtesy of the artist © David Hockney Photo credit: Richard Schmidt

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