David Hockney: Dr Gary Day

"David Hockney is the antithesis of the romantic idea of the artist as a tortured soul whose work is an outpouring of suffering. His paintings have something of the nursery about them, simple, bright, and innocent. Anyone who used his art as a record of the late twentieth and early twenty first century would think that it was the happiest of times. But of course, there is much more to Hockney than that. He is an artist who pushes against the limits of his medium and who, perhaps more than any other, is rediscovering the idea of nature. This one-day course will examine the case for and against Hockney. Fashionable painter or one who alters our way of seeing?"

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Dr Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan."