David Hockney


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David Hockney was born in 1937. He was the fourth of five children and at age 11, he already knew that he wanted to pursue art. When David was 16, his parents enrolled him in the local art school. Then, in 1959, he attended the Royal College of Art in London.

While at college, Hockney discovered that abstract art was not for him. He enjoyed more still lifes, landscapes, and seascapes. After college, Hockney's success only grew. In 1963, he traveled to Los Angeles. The landscapes and seascapes about the city became a big part in his work. During this time he switched from oil paints to acrylics. Then in 1968, he traveled back to England where he had his first major exhibit, at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.

Hockney left London for Paris in 1973. There he worked with one of Picasso's master printers. Picasso was one of Hockney's major influences. You can see that somewhat in his work today. In 1988, a large exhibit of Hockney's work was displayed in Los Angeles. Many of these paintings were influenced by Matisse and Picasso. Hockney now lives in a small house just outside of Los Angeles, where he has resided since 1978.