Going deaf has sharpened my art, David Hockney says
Renowned British painter David Hockney poses during the unveiling of a huge painting he is donating to the Pompidou Center in Paris, 'The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire,' in Paris, France, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP photo/Francois Mori)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, September 26, 2017 7:09AM EDT
PARIS -- Renowned British painter David Hockney says his hearing loss has helped sharpen his sense of space and perspective.
Speaking Tuesday at a retrospective of his work at Paris' Pompidou Center, Hockney said: "If you lose one sense, you gain other senses, and I feel I could see space clearer. I put it down to the hearing loss. ... I can't tell what sound is coming from where."
Ever curious and innovative, the 80-year-old artist said he's currently working on reverse perspective paintings.
Hockney donated a huge work to the Pompidou Center, "The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire," that's part of the travelling retrospective opening in Paris this week.
Hockney's depictions of sun-dappled Los Angeles swimming pools and wooded Yorkshire hills are among the best-known images in contemporary art.