David Hockney
born 1937

Hockney's early prints were largely monochrome etchings. A masterful draughtsman, the etching medium suits Hockney perfectly, the etched line giving his expressive imagery a distinctive incisiveness. Arguably his strongest period was the '60s and '70s before he moved to California.
Born in Bradford, England 1937
After graduating from Bradford College of Art, Hockney studied at the Royal
College of Art from 1959 to 1962. While there he met fellow student R.B.Kitaj
and became instrumental in founding the British Pop Art movement.
His early reputation was based as much on his etchings as his paintings,
and he portrayed his first visit to the USA in his Rakes’s Progress, a portfolio
of 16 etchings which paralleled William Hogarth’s visual narrative. He followed
this in 1969 with his Illustrations for Six Tales from the Brother’s Grimm.
Hockney lived for while in Paris in the early ‘70s before settling in California
in 1978.
He has been the subject of countless solo exhibitions worldwide including a
major touring retrospective held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Tate Gallery in 1988.
Hockney has also worked extensively in the theatre, particularly designing
for the opera, one of his great loves.


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