David Hockney (Contemporary artist)



2015-06-26 10:53:50

David Hockney (1937 -) is an English painter, designer, printmaker, set-designer and photographer, who is based primarily in Kensington, London. Hockney is considered one of the most significant painters of the 20th century, and was a prominent contributor to the 1960s Pop-Art movement.



Born in Bradford, Hockney attended London's Royal College of Art. Hockney has synesthesia, meaning he sees colours in response to musical stimuli. In general this does not appear in his work much, although he has stated the condition as influential in his choices of set design during staged events such as ballets and operas. In 1963, Hockney visited New York, where he met Andy Warhol.

His work was featured in the 'Young Contemporaries' exhibition, which signalled the arrival of Pop Art. In 1990 he was offered a knighthood, but declined the offer. London's National Portrait Gallery held a large display of Hockney's portraiture work in 2006, including prints, sketches, drawings and paintings from several decades. Hockney assisted with the exhibition himself, and it proved to be amongst the most successful the gallery has ever had.

Guide For Collectors

Hockney's work is available from several major auction houses, with his paintings as both the most desirable and available items. Sale prices for an authentic Hockney are usually in the region of $8,000 to $30,000 dependent on size and time of completion. 'My Mother Sleeping, LA' is currently available from Christie's Auction House with an estimated resale price of between £5,000 and £7,000, making it amongst the most budget-conscious works by this artist, whilst 'Sun, from the Weather Series' is estimated to auction at around $30,000.

Most Expensive Work

Hockney's paintings of sunlit Los Angeles swimming pools (where he lived for many years) have proven to be his most popular and lucrative. Suggesting prosperous lifestyles and sprawling mansions, the paintings have fetched high prices at auction and taken up residency in several high profile galleries.

Hockney's 'Beverly Hills Housewife', a painting dating from 1966 depicting a blonde woman in a pink dress standing inside her glass-panelled house and looking out at the swimming pool, went on display in Christie's Duke Street gallery in London and later sold at auction for $7,922,500. The highest price paid for an auctioned Hockney previous to this sale was 'The Splash', also from 1966, which fetched £2.6 million.

Most Famous Works

Much of Hockney's work is considered tasteful and modernist, yet he still has the ability to shock.

Amongst the most famous works by Hockney is his painting 'Nichols Canyon', which has become well-known primarily due to its sales as a poster. 'A Bigger Splash', from 1967, is also one of his most famous artworks, and is one of Hockney's collection of Los Angeles swimming pool paintings. The painting is currently in residence at The Tate Gallery in London.

'Bigger Trees near Water', an oil painting created on 50 canvases, is Hockney's largest work to date, as well as being amongst his most famous. The painting, at 45 feet high and 15 feet wide, was donated by Hockney to The Tate London in April 2008. At its first exhibition, in 2007 at the Royal Academy, the painting occupied an entire wall.

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