David Hockney is a British artist, who over the course of his career has seen huge success in his home country as well as abroad. David Hockney has been active as an artist since the mid 1950s and, alongside his contemporaries David Bomberg and Francis Bacon, was important to the development of post-Second World War British art.
David Hockney was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England on 9 July 1937. David Hockney studied at the Bradford School of Art from 1953 to 1958 and subsequently at the Royal College of Art (including a year as Stanley William Hayter’s assistant) where David Hockney graduated with a diploma in Graphic Design. David Hockney then held a number of teaching posts, beginning with St Martin’s School of Art in London (1961-62), where David Hockney is credited with “introducing a radical new approach to printmaking. David Hockney was also an important member of the Royal College of Arts (1962-67) and Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (1967-83). David Hockney is famous for his use of bright colour and graphic style with carefully drawn outlines.
David Hockney said “Painting was always a fairly realistic type of thing until recently when other things crept in.” His work has always dealt with the everyday and the way it is often seen visually. David Hockney has always been interested in the construction of buildings. However in his early painting of Bradford his interest did not come to fruition until a trip to Paris in 1966 plus the arrival of multi-coloured inks and acrylics in the early 1960’s. David Hockney has even stated that, ‘Significant advances often come from a change of emphasis or angle of vision.’
David Hockney is a master at manipulating different mediums – from photography to video to paint. David Hockney often refers to his work as ‘paintings-in-progress’ as opposed to simply works of art. He believes that works of art should be “living and unfinished things.”