David Hockney

Biography

Born in 1937, this British painter, printmaker, and stage designer has become famous for both his lifestyle and his work. Hockney is a tremendously gifted artist who made his career choice by the age of eleven. He arrived in London to study at the Royal College of Art in 1959 where he experimented with abstraction. After R.B. Kitaj (a fellow student) suggested that Hockney paint what interested him, his work became figurative and unashamedly autobiographical.

Hockney's large body of graphic work, focused on etching and lithography, has assured him an important place in modern art. The fundamentals of his personal style and vision remain wit and humor, personal subject matter, and commanding draftsmanship.

Hockney's work is included in a number of public collections including: The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii; Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, California; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; National Museums of Liverpool, England; New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana; Tate Britain, London, England; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York.