Ekphrasis: David Hockney

Hockney’s Rainy Night on Bridlingtom Promenade 


He used a pocket art machine,
finger printed marks
for pixel colour values,
software application metaphors
familiar as comfy shoes,
standing there, somewhere
above the water, to doodle
a shoreline on a rainy night;
architect designed
streetlights that bow low
to their own shiny reflections
ghosting impressions,
expressions of
multiplying mediated moments
of fake fame, celebrity…
while raindrops repeat
a soft refrain paying no attention…


21 thoughts on “Ekphrasis: David Hockney

  1. nice…this is a very cool piece of art to choose…or create…

    streetlights that bow low
    to their own shiny reflections
    ghosting impressions,
    expressions of
    multiplying mediated moments
    of fake fame, celebrity…

    my fav part…and love the leave with the sound of rain…

  2. That’s a fairly amazing pic, actually. Impressionistic almost. And your words neatly transpose the tech to something much more basic, that fits perfectly with the whole pop art ‘I’m so phony I can’t really be this simple’ attiftude. Liked it, marousia–very cool.

  3. I love David Hockney’s work – he is doodling with his finger on his iPhone now and just letting his images float freely on the internet as postmodern pop art…

  4. oh i like how you worked the repetition/multiplying in marousia and
    streetlights that bow low
    to their own shiny reflections….so cool – love this poem and the painting is wonderful – need to check out the artist

  5. Fascinating interpretation of the pop poetic as the technique and technology of the art we now swim in. The modernist stain-glass window became a scrambled post-modernist mess; now the pop sucessor to that, fashion a self-devouring, devolving swirl of color and noise and the sweet sound of everything falling apart. Very good … -Brendan

  6. I think this is a stunning ekphrastic poem that celebrates a Hockney iPainting loaded with his trademark blues and yellows (immediately reminded me of ‘The Splash’). The pitch of your poem is perfect: booted with computer-speak and angled with graphic images, cleverly tying together modernist art with the latest form of techno-art. As I read the whole of your poem I feel a sense of hyperreality ~ as if Hockney’s painting is, somehow, realer than the actual by way of its ‘virtuality’. His painting is simple (yet electronically complex) mimicry; your poem is solid, grounded by form and some wonderful cyber/media metaphors. Your final two lines – ‘while raindrops repeat a soft refrain paying no attention…’ beautifully demonstrate Hockney’s own disregard for convention, together with a wider message that, whatever the medium, however art is conveyed, the rain continues to fall, oblivious of how we interpret it. The ellipsis that follows these lines leaves a space for whatever does comes next: more raindrops (inevitably); more art (from such an entertaining, innovative artist) … & more poems from a very talented poet.

    Incidentally, Hockney has a wonderful, ongoing exhibition at Salts Mill, a mere twenty-minute drive from where I live. I have been to see it countless times.

  7. Ooooh, I just love this. Have you ever worked Watercolor on Yupo (a synthetic paper)? It does the coolest, most unpredictable things. This looks likes what would have happened if he chose Yupo. Thanks for sharing, marousia.

  8. I have a love affair with Hockney’s works. Knew about the iphone/ipad app and have it myself. It ain’t that easy to create art on it – his look so easy. He started by sending his best friends morning greetings with the first thing that “caught his eye”. Then they hung ipads in the Modern Art Museum in Paris with his pieces on them. He’s a fab artist. Your poem as Peter says is equally brilliant mirroring the work.

  9. Love the art and the poem; both outside the box. I could get lost in both the art and the poem. A fine tribute to a daring artist.

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