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David Hockney is a painter and photographer of English descent

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BirthdayJuly 9, 1937
NationalityBritish
FamousGays, Artists & Painters, Artists, Photographers
Universities
  • Royal College of Art
  • Bradford College
  • England
  • Bradford Grammar School
Birth PlaceBradford
GenderMale
FatherKenneth Hockney
MotherLaura Hockney
Net Worth$55.5 million as of Jan 15,2017
Sun SignCancer
Born inBradford
Famous asPainter

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Who is David Hockney?

David Hockney is one of the prominent painters of the contemporary world, who has revolutionized the style of painting called 'British Pop art'. Without merely sticking to landscapes or portraits, David explored his weird fascinations such as the swimming pools of Los Angeles and homosexuality. With such unconventional themes, his works were widely acclaimed and well-received by art patrons and critics alike. David Hockney even experimented with photography during the 1980's decade and introduced a new style of art called 'The Joiners'. The artist, who felt that photography using a wide lens, which was popular at that time, was quite boring, and merged pieces of Polaroid together to create unique pictures which narrated short stories. The artist's reputation also grabbed the attention of art schools, who invited the creative David to impart lessons on art to their students. The artist has also expressed his opinions on art through dozens of books like 'Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the lost techniques of the Old Masters' and Martha’s Vineyard and Other Places: My Third Sketchbook from the Summer of 1982'. Hockney has also been felicitated by various institutions for his contributions towards art, which includes an honor by the monarch 'Queen Elizabeth'. Quite a few exhibitions were organized as a mark of tribute to the artist's works, where many patrons of art got to witness his creativity. He continues to be an inspiration to many painters even today

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Childhood & Early Life

David was the fourth child born to Kenneth and Laura Hockney in Bradford, England on July 9th, 1937. His father was known as a conscientious Objector during the Second World War.

The young lad pursued his elementary education at institutions like ‘Wellington Primary School’ and ‘Bradford Grammar School’. He then moved to the ‘Bradford College of Art’ in 1953 to study further. The budding artist was introduced to painting with oils at this institution.

After completing his course at the ‘Bradford College of Art’, Hockney moved to the ‘Royal College of Art’ located in London in 1959 to pursue his further education. It was during his time at Royal College that David met the renowned American artist R.B Kitaj, who influenced him greatly.

The young artist even exhibited his work at this prestigious institution, along with the creations of other artists like Peter Blake. This display of creative work, called ‘Young Contemporaries’, introduced admirers of art to a new style of painting called British pop art.

Career

David first shot to fame through the work titled ‘We Two Boys Together Clinging’, which was created in 1961. Many interpreted the painting to have a strong inclination towards homosexuality.

In 1962, the artist created a wonderful piece of art named ‘The Diploma’. Hockney expressed his fury against the administration of the ‘Royal College of Art’ through this work, since they denied him the opportunity to graduate from the institution at the time.

He then relocated to Los Angeles in 1963, owing to his love for America and an undying obsession towards Hollywood. The same year, he created ‘Domestic Scene, Los Angeles’, yet another painting which depicted homosexuality.

Hockney started teaching at the ‘University of Iowa’ in 1964, after being invited by the institution to impart lessons in art. Although the artist found the work mundane, his time at the University allowed him to create four paintings in a span of just a few weeks.

The artist’s love for Los Angeles made him relocate to the city during the year 1966. The swimming pools in the city caught his fancy, and inspired the artist to create pieces of art like ‘A Bigger Splash’ and ‘Portrait of an Artist’.

David rose to the rank of an iconic artist during the 1970’s through his work. The first half of the decade saw the release of a few of his works like ‘Three Chairs with a Section of a Picasso Mural’, ‘La Chaise’, ‘Celia in a Wicker Chair’ and ‘Hollywood Tree’.

During the period 1975-80, Hockney created masterpieces such as ‘Celia Observing’, ‘The Buzzing of the blue guitar’ and ‘Portrait of Henry Geldzahler’.

During the 1980’s, this artist moved from paintings to creating collages using photos. This new experiment of art was termed ‘Joiners’. Davis juxtaposed photographs and Polaroid prints together to create outstanding pieces of art.

Some of his well-known works during this period were ‘Pearblossom Highway #2’ and ‘Kasmin, 1982’. The artist also produced more than a dozen paintings during this period, which were well acclaimed by art lovers and critics.

In 1985, this artist was appointed by the world-renowned fashion magazine ‘Vogue’ to design the cover page of their French version. Many art lovers felt that this work was inspired by the artist’s admiration for the legendary painter Pablo Picasso.

In the same year, he was among the first few people to popularize the use of a software called ‘Quantel Paintbox’ for painting.

During the period 1985-90, the artist produced other pieces of art like ‘Malibu House’, ‘Green and Blue Paint’, ‘Red and Black Fruit’, ‘Henry’ and ‘Used Chair’.

Hockney created a few portraits in the 1990’s, which included that of ‘Jonathan Silver’, ‘Gregory Evans’, ‘Ken Wathey’ and ‘Mum’. Apart from these, his paintings like ‘The Other Side’, ‘Dog Painting’ and ‘Three Sunflowers and a Water Bottle’, which were released during this period, also earned a lot of acclaim.

Hockney started frequently visiting Yorkshire and in the early 2005, he started creating paintings inspired by the environment in the city.

Major Works

David’s biggest painting and one of his best works came out in 2007. This piece of art called ‘Bigger Trees Near Warter’ was around 15 feet by 40 feet in size. This painting was exhibited at the gallery of the ‘Royal Academy of Art’.

Awards and Achievements

David was felicitated with the first annual award of achievement by the 'Archives of American Art', in 1993.

He was awarded an honorary membership to the 'American Academy of Arts & Sciences', in the year 1997.

An exhibition of Hockney’s paintings was organized at The ‘National portrait Gallery’, London in 2006, as a mark of tribute to the artist’s contribution to the field of fine art.

The ‘Royal Academy’ of London organized a 3-month exhibition named ‘A Bigger Picture’, which included many paintings of this famous artist.

‘de Young Museum’ located in San Francisco organized an exhibition called ‘David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition’, in honor of the artist. Dozens of paintings of the artist were exhibited to the joy of art lovers.

Personal Life & Legacy

Hockney’s mother passed away in the year 1999, the artist had even dedicated a painting to his mom, whom he loved dearly.

The talented artist has publicly admitted that he is gay and many of his works reflect his homosexual personality.

Christopher Simon Sykes, who is a writer and photographer, has penned a book on the famous painter, titled 'David Hockney: A rake's Progress', published in the year 2012. The same year, saw the release of an indie-pop album called 'Mia Pharaoh' which featured a song named after this great artist, titled 'Afternoons with David Hockney'.

The artist has penned more than a dozen books, the popular ones among these include '72 Drawings', 'Hockney's Pictures', 'David Hockney: Poster Art' and 'Travels With Pen, Pencil and Ink'.

Net Worth

Hockney's net worth was estimated to be around $55.2 million as of 2012.

Trivia

Hockney's life was the inspiration behind the 1974 movie 'The Bigger splash'. The title of the movie was inspired by a renowned painting of the artist with the same name.

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David Hockney biography timelines

  • // 9th Jul 1937
    David was the fourth child born to Kenneth and Laura Hockney in Bradford, England on July 9th, 1937. His father was known as a conscientious Objector during the Second World War.
  • // 1953
    The young lad pursued his elementary education at institutions like ‘Wellington Primary School’ and ‘Bradford Grammar School’. He then moved to the ‘Bradford College of Art’ in 1953 to study further. The budding artist was introduced to painting with oils at this institution.
  • // 1959
    After completing his course at the ‘Bradford College of Art’, Hockney moved to the ‘Royal College of Art’ located in London in 1959 to pursue his further education. It was during his time at Royal College that David met the renowned American artist R.B Kitaj, who influenced him greatly.
  • // 1961
    David first shot to fame through the work titled ‘We Two Boys Together Clinging’, which was created in 1961. Many interpreted the painting to have a strong inclination towards homosexuality.
  • // 1962
    In 1962, the artist created a wonderful piece of art named ‘The Diploma’. Hockney expressed his fury against the administration of the ‘Royal College of Art’ through this work, since they denied him the opportunity to graduate from the institution at the time.
  • // 1963
    He then relocated to Los Angeles in 1963, owing to his love for America and an undying obsession towards Hollywood. The same year, he created ‘Domestic Scene, Los Angeles’, yet another painting which depicted homosexuality.
  • // 1964
    Hockney started teaching at the ‘University of Iowa’ in 1964, after being invited by the institution to impart lessons in art. Although the artist found the work mundane, his time at the University allowed him to create four paintings in a span of just a few weeks.
  • // 1966
    The artist’s love for Los Angeles made him relocate to the city during the year 1966. The swimming pools in the city caught his fancy, and inspired the artist to create pieces of art like ‘A Bigger Splash’ and ‘Portrait of an Artist’.
  • // 1970
    David rose to the rank of an iconic artist during the 1970’s through his work. The first half of the decade saw the release of a few of his works like ‘Three Chairs with a Section of a Picasso Mural’, ‘La Chaise’, ‘Celia in a Wicker Chair’ and ‘Hollywood Tree’.
  • // 1974
    Hockney's life was the inspiration behind the 1974 movie 'The Bigger splash'. The title of the movie was inspired by a renowned painting of the artist with the same name.
  • // 1975 To 1980
    During the period 1975-80, Hockney created masterpieces such as ‘Celia Observing’, ‘The Buzzing of the blue guitar’ and ‘Portrait of Henry Geldzahler’.
  • // 1980
    During the 1980’s, this artist moved from paintings to creating collages using photos. This new experiment of art was termed ‘Joiners’. Davis juxtaposed photographs and Polaroid prints together to create outstanding pieces of art.
  • // 1982
    Some of his well-known works during this period were ‘Pearblossom Highway #2’ and ‘Kasmin, 1982’. The artist also produced more than a dozen paintings during this period, which were well acclaimed by art lovers and critics.
  • // 1985
    In 1985, this artist was appointed by the world-renowned fashion magazine ‘Vogue’ to design the cover page of their French version. Many art lovers felt that this work was inspired by the artist’s admiration for the legendary painter Pablo Picasso.
  • // 1985 To 1990
    During the period 1985-90, the artist produced other pieces of art like ‘Malibu House’, ‘Green and Blue Paint’, ‘Red and Black Fruit’, ‘Henry’ and ‘Used Chair’.
  • // 1990
    Hockney created a few portraits in the 1990’s, which included that of ‘Jonathan Silver’, ‘Gregory Evans’, ‘Ken Wathey’ and ‘Mum’. Apart from these, his paintings like ‘The Other Side’, ‘Dog Painting’ and ‘Three Sunflowers and a Water Bottle’, which were released during this period, also earned a lot of acclaim.
  • // 1993
    David was felicitated with the first annual award of achievement by the 'Archives of American Art', in 1993.
  • // 1997
    He was awarded an honorary membership to the 'American Academy of Arts & Sciences', in the year 1997.
  • // 1999
    Hockney’s mother passed away in the year 1999, the artist had even dedicated a painting to his mom, whom he loved dearly.
  • // 2005
    Hockney started frequently visiting Yorkshire and in the early 2005, he started creating paintings inspired by the environment in the city.
  • // 2006
    An exhibition of Hockney’s paintings was organized at The ‘National portrait Gallery’, London in 2006, as a mark of tribute to the artist’s contribution to the field of fine art.
  • // 2007
    David’s biggest painting and one of his best works came out in 2007. This piece of art called ‘Bigger Trees Near Warter’ was around 15 feet by 40 feet in size. This painting was exhibited at the gallery of the ‘Royal Academy of Art’.
  • // 2012
    Christopher Simon Sykes, who is a writer and photographer, has penned a book on the famous painter, titled 'David Hockney: A rake's Progress', published in the year 2012. The same year, saw the release of an indie-pop album called 'Mia Pharaoh' which featured a song named after this great artist, titled 'Afternoons with David Hockney'.
  • // 2012
    Hockney's net worth was estimated to be around $55.2 million as of 2012.

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David Hockney's FAQ

  • What is David Hockney birthday?

    David Hockney was born at 1937-07-09

  • Where is David Hockney's birth place?

    David Hockney was born in Bradford

  • What is David Hockney nationalities?

    David Hockney's nationalities is British

  • What was David Hockney universities?

    David Hockney studied at Royal College of Art, Bradford College, England, Bradford Grammar School

  • Who is David Hockney's father?

    David Hockney's father is Kenneth Hockney

  • Who is David Hockney's mother?

    David Hockney's mother is Laura Hockney

  • What is David Hockney's sun sign?

    David Hockney is Cancer

  • How famous is David Hockney?

    David Hockney is famouse as Painter