A Short Biography of David Hockney

March 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

Another watery piece featured in our March Masters show from the 1972 Olympics series is this one, by David Hockney. This work by the Englishman, Hockney, showcases his interest during this period in illustrations of human figures and water.

Original Poster by David Hockney Printed in 1972


David Hockney was born in Yorkshire, England.  As a teenager, he asked to attend art school where he studied traditional painting techniques.  He had a keen interest in photography, and was strongly influenced by American Abstract Impressionists.  In the 1960s, he made his first visit to the US, where he met Andy Warhol.  A few years later, he visited Los Angeles for the first time, and moved there soon after that.  Hockney loved images of water, and images of figures.  For this British boy, all that sunny LA had to offer became his subject matter.  For a time he used Polaroid images and acrylic paints to create his signature sun-drenched style.

Hockney’s pop art style and his obsession with the California lifestyle, so different than that of an Englishmen, characterize his design for the Munich Olympics.


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