David Hockney is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. An important contributor to the 1960s Pop art movement, he is considered to be one of the most influential British artists of the 20th Century.
Born in Bradford and educated at Bradford College of Art, David Hockney went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London, alongside R B Kitaj and Sir Peter Blake. Whilst studying there he was featured in the seminal Pop art exhibition, Young Contemporaries.
A visit to California shortly after graduating, followed by a subsequent move there, inspired his now infamous swimming pool paintings, rendered in what was then the comparatively new medium of acrylic. He is also well known for his portraits of friends, including fashion designers Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark (in Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy), curator Henry Geldzahler and ballet dancer Wayne Sleep.
During the 1980s David Hockney began to create photo montages, which he called ‘joiners’, arranging a patchwork to make a composite image. The resulting works have an affinity with Cubism; one of Hockney’s major aims.
During the 1990s David Hockey began returning from California to Yorkshire to visit his mother, and began painting the local surroundings, eventually setting up residence in Bridlington. In June 2007 his largest painting, Bigger Trees Near Warter, measuring a monumental 40 feet by 15 feet, was exhibited in the Royal Academy of Art’s annual Summer Exhibition, and Hockney later donated it to the Tate Gallery.
David Hockney had his first solo exhibition in 1963, and by 1970 the Whitechapel Gallery had organised the first of several major retrospectives. In 2012 the Royal Academy presented A Bigger Picture, a solo exhibition of more than 150 works, including landscapes in oils and watercolours, inspired by his native Yorkshire.
His work is in numerous public collections worldwide, including National Portrait Gallery, London, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Museum of Modern Art, New York and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
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