David Hockney

David Hockney, arguably Britain’s most well-known living artist, is celebrating his upcoming 80th birthday with a new exhibition at the Tate Britain.

After over sixty years, Mr Hockney continues to surprise his audience, changing his style and embracing new technologies, whilst never forgetting the people and places his has loved. The new exhibition, taking place at the Tate Britain until the 29th May 2017, collates six decades of art into one collection, featuring his most famous work across paintings, videos, photography and prints.


David Hockney – My Parents 1977 © David Hockney

David Hockney started his education at the Bradford College of Art and continued his studies at the Royal College of Art in London. During this time he was associated with the British Pop Art movement, although his early displays showed elements of Expressionism.

At the beginning of the 60s he visited California and later he moved to Los Angeles, where he bought a house in Malibu and became a founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The West Coast inspired a series of paintings of swimming pools, as he evolved a highly realistic style with the use of vibrant colours that has characterised his work since.


David Hockney – Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1971 © David Hockney

During all these years, David Hockney influenced the popular culture in many ways. Film directors, fashion designers and singers took inspirations from his works. First Burberry and later Vivienne Westwood centred their collections around Mr Hockney’s paintings, whilst Westwood’s even named a jacket after Hockney.

‘David Hockney’ is exhibiting at the Tate Britain until May 29th 2017.

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