David Hockney

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David Hockney stands in front of a recent painting
David Hockney stands in front of a recent painting

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  • What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing. You wouldn't be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought.
  • The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist.
  • Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus.
  • Anything simple always interests me.
  • I do do a lot of talking, because it saves me listening.
  • I had always planned to make a large painting of the early spring, when the first leaves are at the bottom of the trees, and they seem to float in space in a wonderful way. But the arrival of spring can't be done in one picture.
  • Drawing is rather like playing chess: your mind races ahead of the moves that you eventually make.
  • I think the Enlightenment is leading us into a dark hole, really.
  • We live in an age where the artist is forgotten. He is a researcher. I see myself that way.
  • I don't value prizes of any sort.


David Hockney was born in Bradford, Yorkshire 9 July 1937. He is a painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. 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. He is openly gay, and has also explored this in his work. He has smoked cigarettes for more that 60 years

Hockney has a home and studio in Kensington, London and two residences in California, where he has 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. For many years he also kept a home and studio in Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, until this was sold in 2015. While her he produced several giant multi-canvas works, 5 rows of 6 paintings of 3’x4’ canvases, which were displayed at the Royal Academy in London.

He is also notable for using the iPad to produce art, and exhibiting in this medium.