This unintended double meaning delighted Hockney, who had a crush on the British pop singer, Cliff Richard. Also noteworthy is the manner in which the poses transgress traditional gender norms.
I dig the clean, graphic shock of red & yellow against the black t-shirt and eyeglasses. California Art Collector by David Hockney, 1964. Flight into Italy - Swiss Landscape (Painting in a Scenic Style) by David Hockney, 1962.
The entirety of Hockney’s work can be explained as being absorbed with the question of representation and the perspectival. October 27, 2013, The Royal Academy's Exhibition: A Bigger Picture, Segment by Robert Hughes from The New Shock of the New, For David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition: 10/26/2013 - 1/20/14 at The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, By Martin Gayford / He shows that orthodoxies are meant to be shattered, and that opposites can coexist, a message of tolerance that transcends art and has profound implications in the political and social realm. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis, Circa 1985 — David Hockney Smoking Cigar Outside Barn — Image by © Michael Childers/Corbis, Circa 1985 — David Hockney Hiding Behind Hedge — Image by © Michael Childers/Corbis, July 1989, Boulder, Colorado — David Hockney and William S. Burroughs — Image by © Allen Ginsberg/Corbis.
Small horizontal lines of pigment run from one figure to the other, representing the erotic charge between them. The Wall Street Journal / Hockney insists on personal subject matter - another thing that separates him from most other Pop artists. Born in Bradford in 1937, Hockney was one of the big artists involved in the pop art movement in the 1960s. Hockney made trips to Paris, Los Angeles and London. “put on something nice and live as though youre wearing rags” this man has so much ease in his clothes- i dig it. Besides his own painting he has designed several stage and opera sets. Like all retrospectives, this one began at the beginning, with paintings Hockney made while a student at the Royal College Art in the 1960s, as he creates a visual vocabulary that navigates between British art and the rise of American abstract expressionism and Pop Art. October 11, 2013, By Christopher Knight / and David Hockney comparing portraits. Pop art was a style of art that was bright, full of colour. He felt that as a fast-drying substance it was more suited to depicting the hot, dry landscapes of California than traditional oil paints. I’ve always been a hockney fan, nice photos, JP. It’s incredible. It’s true– and it should be like that.”, Circa 1980s– Artist David Hockney — Images by © Martyn Goddard/Corbis, “Art has to move you and design does not– unless it’s a good design for a bus.”, July 1966, London– David Hockney, taken on the set of ‘Ubo Roi’ at the Royal Court Theatre. Acrylic on canvas. Stylized, blocky forms and scrawled words offer symbols as opposed to descriptions of the encounter. This aligns him with. Pool and Steps, Le Nid du Duc by David Hockney, 1971. Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), DAVID HOCKNEY | STYLE– TAKE WHAT YOU WANT, AND DON’T LET IT TRAP YOU, 1969 DESERT TRIPPIN’ | GRAM PARSONS, ANITA PALLENBERG & KEITH RICHARDS, BIKES, BIKINIS, BEER & BEACH | VINTAGE DAYTONA BEACH BIKE WEEK, http://pschlesinger.com/checkered_past.html. He has since turned to plein air painting in East Yorkshire, working in ways that evoke both that academic tradition and his entire departure from it—sketching, using an iPad to draw, and painting in and out of the studio, often assembling grid-like, multiple-canvas paintings that harken back to his photo-collages.
The subject matter of interest ranges from still lifes to landscapes, portraits of friends, his dogs, and stage designs for the Royal Court Theatre, Glyndebourne, and the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. The limits of such a panoramic view of an artist’s work has the unintended consequence of flatting out the turns of influence and experience that shape what and how an artist sees and makes. Hockney was openly gay, and has remained a staunch advocate for gay rights. — Image by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/Corbis (Am I high, or does Hockney look like he was spawned via a Twiggy / Bear Bryant hook-up here? Hockney has said that he decorated his Hollywood Hills house in the 1980s in “Matisse colors.”. He used Polaroid photos and soon 35mm prints in color. At a time when homosexual activity was still illegal in both the U.S. and in Britain, the representation of an erotic act between two men was unusual and potentially risky. Acrylic on canvas. Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) by David Hockney, 1972. Los Angeles Times / What separates him from others in the Pop movement is his obsession with Cubism. The title is a direct quote from Walt Whitman, master of homoerotic poetry, and the image was inspired by a report of a climbing accident in a newspaper that read "Two Boys Cling to Cliff All Night."
These paintings are also deeply in conversations with his precursors: Thomas Moran, J. M. W. Turner, and Van Gogh. Marcia, a full-figured matron in a robe held closed with one arm, bares her teeth, and strikes a sensual pose that is both gracious and confrontational. Besides his own painting he has designed several stage and opera sets. My friend and longtime collaborator on the Rig Out, Antony Crook recently shot Hockney-. Like the casting of Paul Giamatti! She writes about photography, culture, and technology from Cambridge, Massachusetts. November 9, 2013, By Mary M. Lane / An iconoclast obsessed with the Old Masters, this British Pop artist breaks every rule deliberately, delighting in the deconstruction of proportion, linear perspective, and color theory. The Guardian / A Bigger Splash, 1967. But one thing is certain, the pictorial problems will always be there—the difficulties of depicting the world in two dimensions are permanent—meaning you never solve them.”. Hockney has said that he decorated his Hollywood Hills house in the 1980s in “Matisse colors.” If he was decorating in a Matisse palette, then re-encountering Picasso’s work in 1980 in a major retrospective at MoMA inspired a deepening engagement with cubism as a way to render sight in ways that resist one-point perspective and photo-realism.
May 7, 2014. David Hockney's bright swimming pools, split-level homes and suburban Californian landscapes are a strange brew of calm and hyperactivity. Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy by David Hockney, 1968. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2018 sweeping David Hockney retrospective was an extended meditation on what style means in modernism, and in particular what it means to Hockney. Art Card by Simon Fieldhouse * “Style is something you can use, and you can be like a magpie, just taking what you want. The Double Negative / National Gallery of Australia, By Steph Moffat / Thank for that amazing pic! November 22, 2014, By Martin Gayford / Hockney's unmistakable style incorporates a broad range of sources from Baroque to Cubism and, most recently, computer graphics. Beginning in the late 1990s Hockney began to make paintings in various locations—Yorkshire, the Grand Canyon, and his Hollywood gardens among them. The splash was based on a photograph of a swimming pool Hockney had seen in a pool manual. The idea of the rigid style seemed to me then something you needn’t concern yourself with, it would trap you.”. Like other Pop artists, Hockney revived figurative painting in a style that referenced the visual language of advertising. The Guardian / In A Bigger Splash, Hockney explores how to represent the constantly moving surface of the water. Art Card by Simon Fieldhouse, “Style is something you can use, and you can be like a magpie, just taking what you want. A sketchy swathe of blue hints at a sense of place. By Margaret Drabble and Marco Livingstone, By Simon Hattenstone / The Weismans are surrounded by their prized art possessions, among them an imposing modernist sculpture in a niche, and a totem pole that looks like it could be a third member of the family. These things were barely even recognized at the time; there was very little scholarship surrounding this work when he was collecting it. Hockney's unmistakable style incorporates a broad range of sources from Baroque to Cubism and, most recently, computer graphics. Acrylic on canvas. The vast span of his work demonstrates his utter originality as an artist and yet at the same time his various bodies of work bear traces of influence, not only from how he’s looked—and what he’s looked at—but how he has observed his own experience. These also suggest some accessible resources for further research, especially ones that can be found and purchased via the internet.