© David Hockney/ Photo by Richard Schmidt

A collection of paintings by the renowned British artist attempt to capture the grandeur of Yosemite Valley.

On view until June 18 at the Pace Gallery in New York City: a collection of sketches of Yosemite Valley by the British artist David Hockney. He's long experimented with the boundaries of a painting (he’s used fax machines and photocopiers) and in 2010 attempted to capture the beauty of the iconic national park in 2010.

“I first visited the park in 1964,” he told me, “And remember driving through a tunnel and suddenly you see the valley and there is a car park where everybody stops. I think landscape is a spacial thrill and it certainly is here, very thrilling to me. I have been many times to Yosemite since. It's only 5 hours drive from LA.”

Check out the slideshow to see how he builds a sense of grandeur that avoids the theatricality of photography. “From a cultivated garden like East Yorkshire to the Grand Canyon—all of it nature and we are a part of it.”

The Yosemite Suite” is on view until June 18 at Pace Gallery. 537 West 24th Street, New York City.

© David Hockney/ Photo by Richard Schmidt

© David Hockney/ Photo by Richard Schmidt

© David Hockney/ Photo by Richard Schmidt

© David Hockney/ Photo by Richard Schmidt

© David Hockney/ Photo by Richard Schmidt

© David Hockney/ Photo by Richard Schmidt

© David Hockney/ Photo by Richard Schmidt

© David Hockney/ Photo by Richard Schmidt

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