David Hockney (b. 1937, Bradford, England) has produced some of the most vividly recognizable images of this century. His ambitious pursuits stretch across a vast range of media, from photographic collages to full-scale opera stagings and from fax drawings to an intensive art historical study of the optical devices of Old Masters. David Hockney received the gold medal for his year at London’s Royal College of Art in 1962. The artist had his first one-man show in 1963 at the age of 26, and by 1970 the first of several major retrospectives was organized at Whitechapel Gallery, London, which subsequently traveled to three additional European institutions. Hockney has received a vast number of accolades throughout his career, including nine honorary degrees from institutions worldwide.
Bridlington, an area of undulating landscapes on the northeast coast of Yorkshire, in England, possesses a unique character, the moodiness of its erratic sky and the nearby sea posing a remarkable contrast to its steadfast woodlands and desolate roads. Unlike its southern counterpart, the Cotswolds, it is deserted. If you visit, yours might be the only car on the road for 25 miles around. And Bridlington residents are happy to be isolated. That includes painter David Hockney, the best-known livi
Upon settling in 2005 in East Yorkshire, where he spent his youth, David Hockney left behind his famous Southern California subject matter. Instead, the urbane chronicler of sunny poolsides and West Coast leisure has been painting landscapes, that most British of genres, and making quite a go of it. The display of these works at two PaceWildenstein venues constituted Hockney’s first New York exhibition in over a decade. The shows included large and small oils of woods, felled timber along countr
It seems that David Hockney, the British artist best known for his bright angular genre paintings of Los Angeles bungalows and swimming pools, has gone Impressionist. It’s the artistic equivalent of finding religion later in life, though the shift is fitting in Hockney’s case. The 72-year-old artist has experimented with many styles, genres, and media over the course of his career, and for this latest period, he embraces the color palettes, en plein air tendencies, and loose, wispy brushstrokes
2009. PaceWildenstein. Paperback
84 pages: 51 color illustrations; 11 ½ x 10 inches