David Hockney

Nationality : British

Birth Year : 1937

Place of Birth : Bedford, England


Occupation: Painter, Printmaker, Draftsman, Stage Designer, Photographer
Movement: Pop Art, 
Education: Bradford School of Art, Bradford; Royal College of Art, London
David Hockney is a multi-talented artist whose career spans painting, printmaking, drafting, photography, and stage and costume design.
Early Life and Education
Hockney was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, in July, 1937, to Kenneth and Laura Hockney. He studied art techniques as a student at the Bradford School of Art between 1953 and 1957. In his final year at the school, his painting, “Portrait of my Father,” was exhibited and sold at the Leeds Art Gallery. For two years, he was a hospital orderly as part of his National Service duty. 
He studied at the Royal College of Art in 1959, being taught by Roger de Grey, Ruskin Spear, Ceri Richerds, and Carel Weight. 
Early Career
From 1960 to 1961, Hockney painted a great deal and his work was displayed at the Young Contemporaries exhibition at the Royal Society of British Artists Gallery (the RBA Galleries). He also won the Juniors Section Prize at the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition. Around this time, he met the art dealer John Kasmin and, in New York, the curator of prints at the Museum of Modern Art William, S. Lieberman. This set the tone for the rest of the decade. He met more people, expanded his interests, and produced newer and increasingly innovative work. His first solo exhibition held in 1963 at John Kasmin’s gallery was sold out. 
On subsequent trips to the USA, Hockney met the iconic artist Andy Warhol, writer Christopher Isherwood, and master printer Ken Tyler, among many other people. In 1963, he decided to move to California. It was here that he began working on his famous series of paintings of swimming pools. He taught for a while at the University of Colorado Boulder and the UCLA. He used experiences from his life to paint and friends, lovers, and relatives — all of whom became his subjects. In 1966, he met Peter Schlesinger, who went on to become his lover and most-preferred model. During this time, he also traveled to Italy, France, Lebanon, and Egypt.
Multiple Talents
“David Hockney: Paintings, Prints and Drawings 1960–1970,” was the first retrospective of the artist’s work. This opened in 1970 at London’s Whitechapel Art Gallery. It was in the same year that he made his first “joiner,” a technique of making photo collages, which he would continue to use later. In 1974, “A Bigger Splash,” a film on him made by Jack Hazan was released. The following year, he designed Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress” for the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, followed a few years later by “The Magic Flute.” 
After this, Hockney designed theater stage sets and costumes. His autobiography, “David Hockney by David Hockney,” was published in 1976. By the mid-1970s, his focus had moved to photography, printmaking, and set design, leaving paintingaside. 
It was only around 1984 that Hockney returned to painting, once again turning for inspiration to the people around him. As always, he maintained an interest in technology and began using photocopiers to make his prints at home. By the 1990s, his trips to Yorkshire became more frequent. Encouraged by his friend Jonathan Silver, he began to paint the local surroundings ‘en plein air.’
In 2007, Hockney painted his largest canvas, “Bigger Trees Near Warter” which was inspired by Yorkshire, and hung initially at the Royal Academy. The artist later donated the painting to Tate Britain in 2008.
Hockney’s interest in using technology to make art is evident from the portraits, still-lifes, and landscapes he has made using the application brushes on the iPhone and iPad. Apart from other exhibitions, his prints were exhibited at an exhibition in Dulwich Picture Gallery, Durham, from February to May 2014. 
Tate Gallery, London,
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
De Young Museum, San Francisco
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
“72 Drawings,” by David Hockney
“David Hockney: Faces 1966–1984,”by David Hockney
“David Hockney's Dog Days,”by David Hockney

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 Untitled by David Hockney

David Hockney


Bonhams, Los Angeles

October 21, 2015

$3,750  USD

 Untitled by David Hockney

David Hockney


Bonhams, Los Angeles

October 21, 2015

$2,750  USD

 Nicholas Wilder, from Friends (S.A.C. 179; G. 714) by David Hockney

David Hockney

Nicholas Wilder, from Friends (S.A.C. 179; G. 714)

Bonhams, San Francisco

October 20, 2015


 My pool and terrace, from eight by eight to celebrate the temporary contemporary (not in M.C.A.T.) by David Hockney

David Hockney

My pool and terrace, from eight by eight to celebr

Bonhams, San Francisco

October 20, 2015

$3,500  USD

 The Virtuous Apple by David Hockney

David Hockney

The Virtuous Apple

Sotheby's, London

October 16, 2015

$115,793  USD

 Catherina Dorothea Viehmann (from Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm) by David Hockney

David Hockney

Catherina Dorothea Viehmann (from Illustrations fo

Dominic Winter, South Cerney

October 15, 2015

$804  USD

 Poster For 'Parade', Metropolitan Opera, New York by David Hockney

David Hockney

Poster For 'Parade', Metropolitan Opera, New York

Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers, Stansted Mountfitchet

October 13, 2015

$521  USD

 Don Bachardy and Christopher Isherwood by David Hockney

David Hockney

Don Bachardy and Christopher Isherwood

Strauss & Co., Cape Town

October 12, 2015

$13,605  USD

 Celia with Green Hat (from Moving Focus Series) by David Hockney

David Hockney

Celia with Green Hat (from Moving Focus Series)

Los Angeles Modern Auctions, Van Nuys

October 11, 2015

$17,500  USD


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