SPECIAL SPECIAL: DAVID HOCKNEY

With perspective as this month's magazine theme we just had to write about special special David Hockney, who changed the menu in art with his bold colour, use of perspective and new ways of looking and representing sight. Still active today he is a relentlessly curious being, still pondering and toying with how we see the world around us.

This is a super quick intro into his world.

Large Interior, Los Angeles (1988)

Large Interior, Los Angeles (1988)

Hockney is working in many mediums. Painting, drawing, stage design, photography and printmaking. He grew up in Bradford (UK), but early on got fascinated with the tolerant and flamboyant bohemian pockets of the US in the 60s, especially in the art scene of the sunny west coast where he till this day keeps two of his homes away from home.

Many of his artworks are depictions from this sunny LA environment, seen here in Portrait of an Artist (1971) and A Bigger Splash (1967). 

 Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1971

 Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1971

A Bigger Splash, 1967

A Bigger Splash, 1967

Another of Hockney's fave formats is the portrait, with models ranging from figures of the business and art world to family, friends and museum guards, here from Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy (1970-71), and Twelve Portraits after Ingres (2000). 

Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, 1970-71

Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, 1970-71

Twelve Portraits after Ingres, 2000

Twelve Portraits after Ingres, 2000

Pondering and exploring how we see the world has always interested Hockney, which led to his invention of the photo collage technique joiners. Is it really possible to capture reality and our sight using one picture from one camera? His joiners collages are made up of many photographs of the same scene but from different moments in time.

Place Furstenberg, Paris, August 7,8,9, 1985

Place Furstenberg, Paris, August 7,8,9, 1985

This technique and way of thinking also effected his painting style and later also video, seen here in A Closer Winter Tunnel, from his A Bigger Picture series. Here's a video showing excerpts of his video work in Wolds

A closer winter tunnel, February-March, 2006

A closer winter tunnel, February-March, 2006

Hockney in Liverpool, 1967

Hockney in Liverpool, 1967

Explore Hockney's life and art further in this brilliant documentary from 2015 directed by Randall Wright and called simply: Hockney