David Hockney

David Hockney


David Hockney is a world-famous artist and one of the most renowned British artists of the last fifty years.  Hockney was born in Bradford, England.  He attended the Royal College of Art in London in 1959.  Upon concluding his stay in London Hockney traveled visiting New York and Cairo before settling in Los Angeles, the city which had always fascinated him.  Hockney fell in love with L.A. appreciating the lifestyle and liberal views toward the gay community.

Hockney was initially known for his paintings in the 1960’s.  His subject matter dealt with sexuality and domesticity.  Hockney created many famous pieces throughout the sixties and seventies that referenced the L.A. landscape and portrayed scenes of eroticized domesticity as well as idealized men.  Hockney had a very distinct style which smoothed and flattened settings while stylistically adding a sense of vigor to the kinetic elements as seen in the paintings A Bigger Splash or A Lawn Being Sprinkled [both 1967].

Hockney continued producing notable work when he experimented with new media in the 80’s.  Such media included photography as well as photocopiers and fax machines.  Hockney created several large Polaroid photo-collages.  The collages varied from portraits to landscapes to domestic scenes.  In doing so Hockney simultaneously compressed and fragmented space and time. He combined images taken over varying spans of time creating images with hard seams that remain recognizable and coherent.

The series Grimm’s Fairy Tales exists as six individual etchings depicting specific moments in well knows tales.  Petersburg Press published an artist book that features thirty-nine etchings by Hockney paired with the original text of the six stories. The work was born from Hockney’s personal fascination with Grimm’s Fairy Tales.  The book provided Hockney with the ability to illustrate some of his favorite pieces of literature.  However, six prints have merit outside the stories as they explore the imagination and its ability to illuminate a given moment or scene in a piece of literature.