David Hockney RA (1937 – )   David Hockney RA (1937 – )  

David Hockney RA (1937 – )

David Hockney’s My Mother Sleeping L.A. is a lovely work and is a 1982 Photo Collage on card. It is available £POA, subject to prior sale. The work measures Height 23 x Width 22 7/8th inches. (item 207).

David Hockney was born in Bradford in 1937 and has gone on to be recognised as one of the most influential British artists of the 20th Century. He is one of the important contributors alongside Sir Peter Blake to the Pop Art movement as they were students together at the Royal Academy. He knew he wanted to be an artist at an early age and reputedly would rather have gone directly to art college than take up his scholarship at Bradford Grammar School. Hockney then went on to Bradford Art College followed by the Royal Academy where he got a Gold Medal on completing his Diploma. Throughout the 1960’s his career grew and grew. He produced many drawings, etchings and paintings and exhibited widely, which took him to USA where he bought and home and set up a studio in 1970’s. He fell in love with the hedonistic lifestyle present in California and this greatly influenced his work taking him away from the extensive oil portraiture of friends, lovers and relatives and towards brilliant coloured acrylics of swimming pools. Hockney was a lifelong admirer of Picasso and produced a series of acrylic artworks and a widely acclaimed book of 20 etchings based themes in a poem by Wallace Stevens. The work was titled “The Blue Guitar, etchings by David Hockney who was inspired by Wallace Stevens who was inspired by Picasso” the Old guitarist being a famous Picasso painting. His works on his home East Yorkshire landscapes have bought much admiration and notoriety as did Peter Getting Out of Nick’s Pool which won the John Moores prize. Hockney was also renowned for his work with photography or more precisely photo collage between 1970 and 1986, which he referred to as Joiners. His largest work is ‘Bigger Trees Near Water,’ which measures 15ft x 40 ft. He turned down a knighthood in 1990 but did accept an Order Of Merit in 2012.

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