By Hockney, David; Sykes, David
In this attention-grabbing and pleasing moment quantity, Christopher Simon Sykes explores the existence and paintings of Britain's preferred residing artist.
David Hockney is likely one of the such a lot influential and best-loved artists of the 20th century. His profession has spanned and epitomized the paintings hobbies of the prior 5 a long time. identifying up Hockney's tale in 1975, this booklet unearths him flitting among Notting Hill and California, the place he took concept for the swimming pool sequence of work; growing acclaimed set designs for operas worldwide; and embracing rising technologies—the Polaroid digicam and fax desktop within the seventies and eighties and, such a lot lately, the iPad. Hockney's boundless power extends to his own existence too, and this quantity illuminates the glamorous circles he strikes in, in addition to his occasionally turbulent relationships.
Christopher Simon Sykes has been granted particular and unheard of entry to Hockney's work, notebooks, and diaries, and a large number of them are reproduced the following. that includes interviews with relations, buddies, and Hockney himself, it is a vigorous and revelatory account of an acclaimed artist and a unprecedented man.
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Photo credit: Richard Schmidt ins42 Bigger Trees Near Warter or/ou Peinture sur le Motif pour le Nouvel Age Post-Photographique, 2007, oil on 50 canvases (36 × 48″ each), 180 × 480″ overall © David Hockney. Photo credit: Richard Schmidt. Collection: Tate, London ins43 The Big Hawthorn, 2008, oil on 9 canvases (36 × 48″ each), 108 × 144″ overall © David Hockney. Photo credit: Richard Schmidt ins44 661, 2009, iPhone drawing © David Hockney ins45 March 31st 2011, The Atelier, 4pm, still from 18-screen video © David Hockney ins46 Sept 04 2011, The Atelier 11:30am, ‘A Bigger Space for Dancing’, still from 18-screen video © David Hockney ins47 Clockwise from top left: The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) – 1 January, iPad drawing © David Hockney ins48 The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) – 19 March, iPad drawing © David Hockney ins49 The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) – 16 May, iPad drawing © David Hockney ins50 The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) – 6 May, iPad drawing © David Hockney ins51 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Writing the two volumes of this biography has been a journey, in the progress of which I have been helped by a great number of people who have crossed David Hockney’s path at some time or other in their lives.
At the beginning it was all very bright and lovely and inspirational, and there was always fantastic music playing. 30 and I would have to walk over bodies lying all over the place. I remember a revolting person who was probably the drug pusher, really dreadful-looking, who thought he was important, but was likely to die at any minute…. I found one boy trying to commit suicide in the bathtub. ’30 Luckily for Hockney, Maurice Payne, his printer on the Cavafy poems project, was around to assist him while Mo was out of action.
Painting, 1992, oil on canvas, 24 × 36″ © David Hockney. Collection: The David Hockney Foundation ins33 Dog Painting 1, 1994, oil on canvas, 24 × 24″ © David Hockney. Photo credit: Steve Oliver. Collection: The David Hockney Foundation ins34 Self-Portrait, January 19, 1997, oil on canvas, 13¾ × 10¾″ © David Hockney. Photo credit: Richard Schmidt. Collection: The David Hockney Foundation ins35 Jonathan Silver, February 27, 1997, oil on canvas, 13¾ × 10¾″ © David Hockney. Photo credit: Richard Schmidt.