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David Hockney and Lucian Freud artworks in Diss exhibition inspired by gardens

PUBLISHED: 12:10 08 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:10 08 September 2018

Irises by Donald Hamilton Fraser part of The Artist's Garden exhibition in Diss. Picture: Donald Hamilton Fraser/Diss Corn Hall

Irises by Donald Hamilton Fraser part of The Artist's Garden exhibition in Diss. Picture: Donald Hamilton Fraser/Diss Corn Hall

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Gardens have inspired art for centuries and a new exhibition in Diss tiptoes down the garden path to feature works by both international recognised artists and more local talents.

Lucian Freud etching Garden in Winter amongst works at The Artist's Garden exhibition in Diss. Picture: Diss Corn HallLucian Freud etching Garden in Winter amongst works at The Artist's Garden exhibition in Diss. Picture: Diss Corn Hall

The Artist’s Garden, which runs at the Corn Hall until October 13, boasts works by famous names including David Hockney and, in a major coup, an etching by Lucian Freud of his own London garden.

Other recognised names with pictures on show include David Suff, Jean Page, John Piper and Charlotte Verity, alongside work by artists from this region.

Considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Lucian Freud is known primarily as a figurative painter, his ‘naked portraits’ in thick impasto are typically confronting in their powerful and mesmerising rawness.

However unlike his etchings of portraits or naked portraits, Garden in Winter saw the artist draw the image on the copper plate over two winters, without disturbing that area of his garden for the duration of the process.

Sophie Towne, Corn Hall arts and heritage outreach manager, said: “We are delighted that we have managed to secure Lucian Freud’s most complex etching, Garden in Winter, for The Artist’s Garden.

“Exploring how artists approach the theme of gardens, this exhibition shows how the beauty of nature is all around us, and none more so than the flowers and greenery on our very own doorstep.”

David Hockney etching Cacti on terrace is on show as part of The Artist's Garden exhibition in Diss. Picture: Diss Corn HallDavid Hockney etching Cacti on terrace is on show as part of The Artist's Garden exhibition in Diss. Picture: Diss Corn Hall

The exhibition explores how contemporary artists have depicted the theme of the garden in all its forms.

David Hockney’s etching, titled Cacti on terrace, dates from 1998 and is typically of artworks done in and inspired by Hockney’s own Hollywood garden.

Ms Towne said: “The theme of garden has been a timeless inspiration, spanning artistic movements across the centuries. The beauty of nature is all around us and none more so than the owners and greenery on our very own doorstep.”

• The Artist’s Garden is in the Main Gallery at Diss Corn Hall until October 13, 10am-4pm, admission free, 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

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