David Hockney has successfully used a wide variety of media, including many books, to establish a highly respected œuvre. He was born in England in 1937 and studied at the Bradford School of Art and the London Royal College of Art. His early associations with Pop Art gave way to intimate portraits of his friends and to more nuanced visual renderings of serene naturalistic settings in California ( e.g., the Swimming Pool series). His first major retrospective was at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 1968, and he has since had major retrospectives at the London Royal College of Art, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

His interest in the interplay of literary and visual work first appeared in early homosexual-themed images inspired by the poems of Walt Whitman and he has continued to explore the interconnection between the two art forms. Some of his most innovative and successful bookish collaborations have been his visual representations of poems that were written in response to earlier non-Hockney visual art. Two examples are A Rake’s Progress: A Poem in Five Sections (1967) with poet David Posner, based on Hogarth’s painting of an eighteenth century prodigal son, and The Blue Guitar: Etchings by David Hockney Who Was Inspired by Wallace Stevens Who Was Inspired by Pablo Picasso (1977). He has contributed as an author or artist to over fifteen books.

 

Books with David Hockney available from Boreas Fine Art:

[ Hockney, David ]  Spender, StephenChina Diary.  London: Thames and Hudson Ltd.  1982.   (Lithograph signed by David Hockney).

 

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