David Hockney: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about David Hockney, the English artist.

  • David Hockney was born on 9th July 1937 in Bradford, England.
  • He went to school at Bradford Grammar School and then attended Bradford College and the Royal College of Art in London.

  • His father, Kenneth Hockney, was a conscientious objector during World War 1.
  • He completed a series of painting in acrylics of swimming pools (following a visit to California).
  • Hockney lived in Los Angeles from 1964 to 1968.
  • He also lived in Paris during the 1970s.
  • David Hockney was friends with fellow artist, Andy Warhol.
  • In the 1980s, Hockney experimented with photocollage – joining and combining photos (often taken with a Polaroid camera) to form a patchwork image.
  • He is a massive admirer of Pablo Picasso.
  • Hockney is an avid user of the Brushes iPhone app. He uses it to draw portraits and send them to friends.
  • He has designed sets and costumes for ballets and operas.
  • David Hockney is openly gay.
  • His paintings sell for millions of dollars.
  • The Tate Gallery says he is ‘perhaps the most popular and versatile British artist of the 20th century’.

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