David Hockney is known all over the world as a prolific and talented artist. He was recognized as the “Most Influential British Artist of All Time” in 2011 and received the Order of Merit in 2012. He was even offered a knighthood in 1990, though he declined it. Check out the following interesting facts about Hockney to learn more about him:
1. He Was Interested In Art Ever Since He Was a Child.
Hockney’s love for art revealed itself at an early age, with young David showing interest the work of Matisse, Picasso, and Fragonard. His parents, Laura and Kenneth, noticed this and encouraged him to continue his artistic pursuits and develop his talent. Hockney eventually went on to study in the Bradford College of Art and in the Royal College of Art.
2. He Refused To Enter The Military.
Hockney was a conscientious objector; that is, he claimed his right to refuse to enter military service. Because of this, he worked in hospitals for two years (from 1957 to 1959) so he could fulfill his national service requirements. His father was also a conscientious objector during World War II.
3. A Theory Has Been Named After Him.
Hockney worked with physicist Charles M. Falco to come up with the Hockney–Falco Thesis. Basically, the thesis claims that the Old Masters used camera obscura, camera lucida, and other kinds of optical aids to project an image of their subject onto paper. Hockney and Falco point out that, because of technique, painters during the Renaissance and later periods were able to produce photographic paintings with incredible details.
4. He Has Always Been Open About His Sexuality.
Hockney is openly gay. He doesn’t try to hide that he has had relationships with men, and he even expresses his sexual nature through his work. One of his paintings, called “We Two Boys Together Clinging”, was influenced by a poem by Walt Whitman and features two male figures hugging each other. Another painting, named “Domestic Scene, Los Angeles”, shows one man taking a shower and another washing his back.
5. He Has Explored Other Forms Of Art.
Hockney is well-known as a painter in the Pop Art movement, but he doesn’t stop there. He has made portraits, landscapes, and still lifes as well as paintings that feature cubism and expressionist art techniques. He is also an expert photographer and became famous for his “joiners”, which are photos of subjects taken from different viewpoints and grouped together to form a collage. Hockney has also become involved in set design and costume design and appeared in several movies and TV shows.
6. He’s Not Afraid To Use Technology.
Many artists prefer to paint the old-fashioned way, but not Hockney. He’s known for using the Brushes app to paint still lifes, portraits, and landscapes and sending the finished work to his friends. He has also used the app on his iPad to paint the Yosemite National Park and design a large-scale picture for the Safety Curtain exhibition series.
David Hockney’s works have influenced many, and they continue to inspire many aspiring painters around the world to hone their talents and express themselves through art.