08 May 2008

David Hockney

The work of artist David Hockney is Most Excellent. I am especially fond of the paintings pictured below. My favorites are his paintings of the pools in Los Angeles.

Hockney was born on 9 July 1937. He is an English artist, based in Los Angeles, California. An important contributor to the British Pop Art Movement of the 1960's, he is considered one of the most influential artist of the twentieth century.

Hockney was born in Bradford and educated first at Wellington Primary School (then Wellington first school). He later went to Bradford Grammar School, Bradford College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, where he met R. B. Kitaj. While still a student at the Royal College of Art, Hockney was featured in the exhibition Young Contemporaries—alongside Peter Blake—that announced the arrival of British Pop Art. He became associated with the movement, but his early works also display expressionist elements, not dissimilar to certain works by Francis Bacon. From 1963 Hockney was represented by the influential art dealer John Kasmin. In 1963 Hockney visited New York, making contact with Andy Warhol. Later, a visit to California, where he settled, inspired Hockney to make a series of oil paintings of swimming pools in Los Angeles. These are executed in a more realistic style and use vibrant colors. He also made prints, portraits of friends, and stage designs for the Royal Court Theatre, Glyndebourne, La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Wikipedia.

"Big Splash"

"Peter getting out of Nick's pool", 1967

"A Bigger Splash"

"Two Boys in the Pool Hollywood", 1965

"My Parents"

"Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott"

"Mr. and Mrs. Ossie Clark and Percy", 1970-1

David Hockney