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David Hockney

English painter, printmaker, and photographer

Brief biography, in most instances from the Union List of Artist Names® Online:
An accomplished painter, printmaker, photographer, and scenographer, David Hockney is probably one of the most versatile British artists of the 20th century. Between 1953 and 1957, he studied at the Bradford School of Art, producing portraits and observations of his surroundings. He began his post-doctorate studies at the Royal College of Art London in 1959, where he turned first to the discipline of drawing from life. Throughout his career, the human figure would prove to be Hockney's preferred subject matter. During the 1960s, Hockney developed his own personal vision of Pop Art, interjecting playful and ironic elements. In his swimming pool pictures, Hockney juxtaposes accurate renditions of the human form with abstract renditions of water. His photographic work remained unknown to the public until the 1980s, which were then exhibited worldwide. In these works he creates collages of images taken with a Polaroid SX 70 using a cubist idiom. Time, picture surface, repetition, and shifting planes characterize these works.

Artist ID number in the Union List of Artist Names®: ULAN 500017273.
The ULAN link above leads to a cataloging authority record at the Getty Research Institute.

Objects related to David Hockney:

David Hockney Gregory Evans, 1976 Lithograph on buff Arches paper
David Hockney An Etching and a Lithograph for Editions Alecto 1973, 1973 Etching and lithograph on white wove paper
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