David Hockney’s A Bigger Grand Canyon captures the vast spaciousness of the Grand Canyon. Hockney has built up each canvas with layers of vibrant colour. His use of warmer colours and textures on the mountains and rock formations in the background draws the audience’s attention to the Canyon itself, thus making it the main focus. The cliffs in the foreground painted in cooler tones of green shows the amount of depth there is in the Canyon below.
Hockney has connected each of the 60 canvases so seamlessly that the painting comes across as a panoramic photograph rather than an abstract interpretation as it first appears to be. You actually feel as if you’re within that space, experiencing what he did when he took the time to produce the artwork.
The National Gallery of Australia purchased this painting for $4.6 million dollars AUS.