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Genius + Style – David Hockney

David Hockney - Lithograph of Water Made of Thick and Thin Lines, A Green Wash, A Light Blue Wash, and A Dark Blue Wash

David Hockney – Lithograph of Water Made of Thick and Thin Lines, A Green Wash, A Light Blue Wash, and A Dark Blue Wash

 

“If you see the world as beautiful, thrilling and mysterious, as I think I do, then you feel quite alive.” — David Hockney

David Hockney has defined and redefined the artistic landscape in the many decades of his career. He is noted as perhaps the most important and influential British artist of the 20th century. But well into the 21st, as always drawn to mystery; creatively and scientifically exploring many different mediums and techniques, both ancient and cutting edge, Hockney continues to experiment in the studio — giving us work that inspires and rethinks art as we know it.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Hockney’s oeuvre includes a vast range of subject matter and styles. Not suited to sticking to one track, the periods of his work involve different landscapes, approaches and ideas. To see all the areas he has explored reinvigorates our belief in the power of the human imagination and the role art has to play in baring the soul of our species.

His curiosity has led to breakthroughs of our understanding of art history, and his remarkable accomplishments in the studio have continuously rejuvenated the scene.

The brilliant, stylish Hockney is included in some of the world’s greatest art collections, won countless awards and titles, and in 2018, his legendary painting, ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),’ broke auction records at $90 million making it the most expensive painting sold by a living artist at the time.

 

Early Life

Hockney, as one might expect, was born to parents who encouraged his creativity and early interest in art. He attended Bradford College of Art (along with such Pop art notables as Pauline Boty and Derek Boshier) and later the Royal College of Art in London.

It was there that Hockney showed work in the group exhibition Young Contemporaries. This was a seminal moment in British Pop art. Hockney’s early work was so forceful, and as he was already making a name for himself, the Royal College of Art changed its requirements to allow him to graduate after he refused to write an essay. It appears Hockney was already daring and confident in his own abilities.

Much of his early work is