Born in England in 1937, David Hockney is undoubtedly the best known British artist of his generation. After a brilliant award-winning career as a student at the Royal College of Art, Hockney achieved international success by the item he was in his mid-twenties. His phenomenal success has been based not only on the flair, wit, and versatility of his work, but also on his colorful personality, which has made him a recognizable figure both in and outside the art world.
Hockney's early work gained him a reputation as one of the leading artists of the Pop Art movement, although he himself rejected the label. In the late 1960s, he turned to a more traditional, representational manner of painting. In recent decades, his work has expanded into the fields of graphic art, stage design, photography, production, and collage. Hockney has proven himself a perceptive commentator on art and in 1976 published a book on his own work, David Hockney by David Hockney.
In the Artist's Own Words
"Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus."
"The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist."