Portrait Surrounded by Artistic Devices, 1965; Acrylic on canvas 60 x 72” © David Hockney; Collection Arts Council, Southbank Centre, London; Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

This week our cultural fix comes courtesy of celebrated British artist David Hockney, who is the subject of a new exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. DAVID HOCKNEY: EARLY REFLECTIONS sheds lights on the artist’s work before he became an international star and features paintings that cross a range of styles and techniques.

Peter Getting our of Nick’s Pool, 1966; Acrylic on canvas 84 x 84”; © David Hockney; Collection Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt

Featuring over forty pieces produced between 1960 and 1978, a number of the artist’s inspirations and influences are explored. One section of the exhibition is dedicated to Hockney’s study of water in paintings, particularly swimming pools, inspired by his time living in Los Angeles. Another section covers his time as a student at the Royal College of Art, where the Hockney began to express his sexuality through his artwork. Poetry and portraiture make up the other main sections of the exhibition, forming a comprehensive overview of Hockney’s early work.

We Two Boys Together Clinging, 1961; Oil on board 48 x 60”; © David Hockney; Collection Arts Council, Southbank Centre, London; Photo credit: Prudence Cuming Associates

David Hockney: Early reflections at the Walker Art Gallery is free and open until 16th March 2014 – just another reason to head up north.