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David Hockney Art

David Hockney (U.K., b. 1937)

The art of David Hockney is always engaging in its pleasant ambiguities: It’s warm but somehow aloof; filled with light yet often dark and brooding in subject; simple, frank and mundane, but also ethereal and complex. The artist’s stature in the contemporary- art world is such that, in a 2011 survey of one thousand British painters and sculptors, he was named the most influential British artist of all time.


Hockney grew up in Bradford, in the northern English county of Yorkshire, studying at the Bradford School of Art from 1953 to ’57, and at the Royal College of Art in London from 1959 to ’ 1962. Though he was educated in art a time when abstraction dominated the field, Hockney stuck resolutely to figurative painting and drawing. His early paintings suggest a search for a style, veering from Expressionism to a grotesquerie suggestive of James Ensor. But Hockney found himself almost the moment he arrived in Los Angeles, in 1963. The move from the gray and rainy Britain to a world of bright sunshine and sparkling water brought Hockney a sense of freedom and an artistic epiphany. He would spend most of the next five years in L.A., painting luminous pictures, such as A Bigger Splash (1967), of things that made him happy: swimming pools, manicured lawns, palm trees, stucco buildings and luxuries like shower stalls. Hockney also painted people, almost always his friends. His California portraits such as Beverly Hills Housewife (1966) are considered to be his finest work. They are at once grandly scaled, intimate and poetic.


In the 1970s, Hockney moved back to Britain and spent much of his time on photography and printmaking. He returned to painting in the 1980s, and to subjects like still lifes, seascapes and portraits. Hockney has always been fascinated by the use of technology in art — he’s credited with inventing the technique of joining Polaroid photos in a collage to form a panoramic picture — and has been using the Brush app to paint on an iPad. Because he is prolific and works in a wide range of mediums, Hockney’s art is available at many price points. His consistently striking and provocative work should have a place in any comprehensive collection of contemporary art.

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David Hockney Mo McDermott figure drawing artist portrait black and white pencil
By David Hockney
Located in New York, NY
Classic, large scale David Hockney portrait drawing in black and white. One of a series entitled “Friends”, this portrait of the artist Mo McDermott features the artist sitting on a ...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary David Hockney Art

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Lithograph

Henry '73 (Framed) David Hockney portrait drawing of Metropolitan Museum curator
By David Hockney
Located in New York, NY
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1970s David Hockney Art

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Vintage David Hockney poster, XIV Olympic Winter Games 1984, The Skater
By David Hockney
Located in New York, NY
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1980s Realist David Hockney Art

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Lithograph

California Scene, David Hockney. Colorful palm tree landscape with blue sky
By David Hockney
Located in New York, NY
This colorful California landscape by David Hockney depicts a red, tree-lined house in the background. Palm trees shoot up in the foreground, and two clouds are sketched in light blu...
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1960s Modern David Hockney Art

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Offset

Andre Emmerich Gallery 1982 (Gregory, Los Angeles March 1982)
By David Hockney
Located in New York, NY
Original exhibition poster for David Hockney's 1982 show at Andre Emmerich, New York. This poster duplicates Hockney's 1982 photo montage Gregory, Los Angeles March 1982. Hockney’s l...
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1980s Pop Art David Hockney Art

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Offset

Vintage poster: Barbican Centre for the Arts London 1982 colorful palm trees
By David Hockney
Located in New York, NY
Colorful dots, lines and squares in bright blue, pink, green, lilac and yellow in wood grain form a totem against a lavender purple background. This jubilant take on Cubism features ...
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1980s Cubist David Hockney Art

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Offset

Sunday Morning Mayflower Hotel NY Nov. 28, 1982 David Hockney photo collage
By David Hockney
Located in New York, NY
This Hockney photographic collage depicts the artist in his suite at the Mayflower Hotel while preparing designs for the sets and costumes of a French Triple Bill of opera and ballet...
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1980s Contemporary David Hockney Art

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Archival Paper, Photographic Paper

Maurice Payne David Hockney seated black and white portrait drawing of young man
By David Hockney
Located in New York, NY
Black and white etching portrait of David Hockney's friend and printer, Maurice Payne. Minimalist line drawing features his vintage 1970s style, with bohemian long hair, bellbottoms,...
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1970s Realist David Hockney Art

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Etching

A French Triple Bill (Metropolitan Opera) original Hockney design
By David Hockney
Located in New York, NY
81 by 41 in. / 206 x 104 cm. 31 color screenprint on heavy stock. This large screen print was created by David Hockney for the Metropolitan Opera’s Parade, a triple-bill of short F...
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1980s Modern David Hockney Art

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Screen

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