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David Hockney, OM CH (born 9 July 1937) is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. He lives in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, and Kensington, London. Hockney maintains two residences in California, where he lived on and off for over 30 years: one in Nichols Canyon, Los Angeles, and an office and archives on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.
An important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.


Hockney was born in Bradford, England, on 9 July 1937 to Laura Beth and Kenneth Hockney (a conscientious objector in the First World War), the fourth of five children. He was educated at Wellington Primary School, Bradford Grammar School, Bradford College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, where he met R. B. Kitaj. While there, Hockney said he felt at home and took pride in his work. At the Royal College of Art, Hockney featured in the exhibition Young Contemporariesa??alongside Peter Blakea??that announced the arrival of British Pop art. He was associated with the movement, but his early works display expressionist elements, not dissimilar to some works by Francis Bacon. When the RCA said it would not let him graduate in 1962, Hockney drew the sketch The Diploma in protest. He had refused to write an essay required for the final examination, saying he should be assessed solely on his artworks. Recognising his talent and growing reputation, the RCA changed its regulations and awarded the diploma.
A visit to California, where he subsequently lived for many years, inspired him to make a series of paintings of swimming pools in the comparatively new acrylic medium rendered in a highly realistic style using vibrant colours. The artist moved to Los Angeles in 1964, returned to London in 1968, and from 1973 to 1975 lived in Paris. He moved to Los Angeles in 1978, at first renting the canyon house he lived in an

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Born in the industrial city of Middlesbrough in North Yorkshire in 1938, Tillyer is part of the generation that includes Patrick Caulfield (1936-2005), David Hockney (b.1937), and Margot Perryman (b.1...
Posted: July 15, 2018, 3:18 am

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Heinz Edelmann, Milton Glaser, Push Pin Studios and Polish poster art, as well as artists like Stuart Davis, David Hockney and Henri Matisse, have also had an important influence on me. I am very inte...
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The artist’s work is reminiscent of paintings by Raoul Dufy and David Hockney in their vivid depictions of everyday life. Beach Painting II is a joyful ocean-side scene painted in a "naive" style whic...
Posted: July 13, 2018, 4:28 pm
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