English painter, printmaker, photographer and stage designer.
Perhaps the most popular and versatile British artist of the 20th century, Hockney made apparent his facility as a draughtsman while studying at Bradford School of Art between 1953 and 1957.
Hockney soon sought ways of reintegrating a personal subject-matter into his art. He began tentatively by copying fragments of poems on to his paintings, encouraging a close scrutiny of the surface and creating a specific identity for the painted marks through the alliance of word and image. These cryptic messages soon gave way to open declarations in a series of paintings produced in 1960–61 on the theme of homosexual love.
Hockney’s subsequent development was a continuation of his student work, although a significant change in his approach occurred after his move to California at the end of 1963. It is clear that when he moved to that city it was, at least in part, in search of the fantasy that he had formed of a sensual and uninhibited life of athletic young men, swimming pools, palm trees and perpetual sunshine.
On his arrival in California, Hockney changed from oil to acrylic paints, applying them as a smooth surface of flat and brilliant colour that helped to emphasise the pre-eminence of the image.
The artist, who is known for experimenting in his work with faxes, photocopies and Polaroids, said he saw the iPad as a way for drawing by hand to make a comeback rather than an indication that the new technology would lead to the skill diminishing.
“The iPad is far more subtle – in fact it really is like a drawing pad,” he said. “They will sell by the million. It will change the way we look at everything from reading newspapers to the drawing pad.
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