Friday, 17 December 2010

David Hockney self-portraits

Having quite comprehensively bridged the C19th and C20th with the self-portraits of Picasso, it seems appropriate to feature the self-portraits of David Hockney - an important contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 1960’s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. Picasso’s influence on Hockney’s mid-career work is self evident (see 1986 painting), and in one of the works here (the 1973 etching), he pays direct homage to Picasso.

Hockney was born in Bradford, Yorkshire 9 July 1937. He went to Bradford Grammar School, Bradford College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. 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 the same year he visited New York, making contact with Andy Warhol. A later visit to California, where he lived for many years, inspired him to make a series of paintings of swimming pools using the comparatively new Acrylic medium and rendered in a highly realistic style using vibrant colours.

In 1967, his painting, Peter Getting Out Of Nick's Pool, won the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. 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.
Hockney is currently based in London and Bridlington, Yorkshire, where he has been painting the Yorkshire landscapes for the past few years.

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4 comments:

  1. What a master of invention and a purveyor of style.

    Since this post there was also the Self Portrait with Red Braces which I happen to think is marvellous merely for his unusual pose.

    (http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Observer/Columnist/Columnists/2011/4/8/1302275424384/David-Hockney-Self-Portra-001.jpg)

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  2. I really love the etching/aquatint of Hockney and Picasso - I went to see it at the exhibition in Edinburgh today - it really is beautiful, and its just so Hockney! He has such an unpretentious, accessible style and spirit to his work. I don't see how anyone couldn't love him!

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  4. Great painting, Mr.Hogkney show the many expression, moment, situation of general people.

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