IntroductionI was first introduced to the artwork of David Hockney, while I was visiting my Grandparents in Yorkshire. We decided to visit an art gallery, and chose Salts Mill, on my Grandmothers recommendation.(For more information on my visit to Salts Mill, click here, then click Part B).The Mill was very interesting historically, but it was Hockney’s work that I loved the most, my favourites being the Grand Canyon, 25 Trees, and at the top of the list, his paintings of his two Daschunds, Stanley and Boodge.
Early LifeDavid Hockney was born in Bradford, England, on the 9th July, 1937, to Laura and Kenneth Hockney, their fourth child. His parents believed on the best education possible for their children and he was raised strict Methodist. As a child, he loved drawing cartoons and watching opera. He attended Wellington Primary School, and then in 1948, he won a scholarship to Bradford Grammar School, one of the top schools in the country at the time. At BGS, he enjoyed Art but not other subjects, so he wanted to transfer to the Regional College of Art, he was allowed to in 1958. He took his National Diploma in Design Examination, and graduated with honours. Then he went to the Painting School of the Royal College. http://www.hockneypictures.com/home.php http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hockney http://www.davidhockney.com/bio.shtml
http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/paint/auth/hockney/CareerIn 1961, Hockney travelled to New York, and then later, after completing his studies at the Royal College, returned to New York, where he met Andy Warhol. He then travelled to California, and bought a house there, as he loved the environment so much. This inspired a great number of pool paintings. It was in America, in 1964 that Hockney had his first exhibition, where he sold every painting. During his time in America, Hockney also did a lot of teaching.In 1996 he and his partner, Peter Schlesinger travelled around Europe together, and this is where Hockneys interest in Photography began. In 1974 a man called Jack Hazan completed a biographical film on Hockneys life, at first he didnt like it, mainly because of how it portrayed his previous relationship, but signed for its release to give Hazan the credit he deserved.In the 1980s he started making photo collages, with a Polaroid camera, from photos that were taken as quickly as possible, a famous example of this would be the one of his mother.
http://www.channel4.com/news/david-hockney-the-hand-the-eye-and-the-hearthttp://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/hockney/ Exhibitions Hockney currently has three ongoing exhibitions, ‘25 Trees and Other Pictures’, at Salts Mill in Saltaire; ‘Bigger Trees Near Warter’, at the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Bradford and the most famous one ‘David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture’, at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
iPad and iPhone Art Hockney has always openly embraced new technology, for example when the colour laser copier was released in the nineties, he was impressed with the colour, cost and the fact that he could send all his images to friends. So it came as no surprise that when the iPhone was released, he bought one straight away. Then when the iPad was released he said if it was anything as good as the iPhone, it would be hugely influencial to his artwork. Which it has, because since then, using an app called Brushes, he has produced vast numbers of art pieces for his London Exhibition.Here is a link to an article on the BBC News website about Hockneys iPad art:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11666162
AwardsDavid Hockney has won a great number of awards during his career including, the Kodak Photography Book Award and the British Book Design and Production Award, and he was also offered a knighthood in 1990 but turned it down. However recently he was appointed a member of the Order of Merit by the Queen. The Order of Merit is presented to high achievers in the arts, and there can only be 24 members at any one time. For a full list of his awards, visit his website: http://www.hockneypictures.com/awards/edu_awards_1.php And to read more about him been appointed a member of the Order of Merit, visit this article on the BBC news website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16376999
Why I Chose David Hockney asMy HeroFor my hero/heroine I wanted to use someone whose work I really enjoyed, and as soon as I saw Hockneys paintings of Stanley and Boodge I thought I would do him as my hero for my Arts Award. After seeing the rest of the exhibition at Saltaire and doing further research on David Hockney, I decided that I would do him as my hero.