David Hockney Biography

David Hockney

Quick Facts Of David Hockney

Celebrated Name David Hockney
Age 82 Years
Nick Name David
Birth Name David Hockney
Birth Date 1937-07-09
Gender Male
Profession Painter
Birth Nation England
Place Of Birth Bradford
Nationality English
Father Kenneth
Mother Laura
Ethnicity White
Education Wellington Primary School, Bradford Grammar School, Bradford College of Art
Religion Christian
Sexual Orientation Gay
Marital Status Unmarried
Boyfriend Peter Schlesinger
Net Worth $150 Million
Salary Will Add Soon
Source of Wealth Painting Career
Height Will Add Soon
Weight Will Add Soon
Body Measurement Will Update Soon
Body Build/Type Slim

A British painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer is named for David Hockney. He is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. His 1972 work Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold at Christie's auction house in New York City for $90 million (£70 million), becoming the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction on 15th November 2018. He held this record until 15th May 2019, Jeff Koons reclaimed the honor when his Rabbit sold for more than $91 million at Christie's in New York. Overall, he is a very talented painter. 

David Hockney shares new work as a symbol of hope in pandemic

New Work of David Hockney

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David Hockney, 82, shared the new piece on Thursday via Instagram, through Denmark’s Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. A drawing composed on his iPad, the image depicts a cluster of bright yellow daffodils blossoming in the midst of a green field with a grey and barren landscape in the distant background. He has been weathering the coronavirus lockdown at his home in Normandy, the northern French where he relocated from Los Angeles in 2018, jokingly citing the ability to smoke in restaurants as one of the reasons for his transatlantic move, according to The Daily Mail. He told interviewers, ‘I’d like to just work and paint, and to be able to smoke and eat in a restaurant at the same time. Thank God for Normandy. The French know how to live. They know about pleasure.” 

What is the birthplace of David Hockney?

David Hockney was born on 9th July 1937. He was the fourth child born to Kenneth and Laura Hockney in Bradford, England. His mother passed away in the year 1999, the artist had even dedicated a painting to his mom, whom he loved dearly. His nationality is English and his ethnicity is White. His father was known as a conscientious objector during the Second World War. As of 2019, she celebrated her 82nd birthday. He was educated at Wellington Primary School, Bradford Grammar School, Bradford College of Art. After completing his course at the ‘Bradford College of Art’, Hockney moved to the ‘Royal College of Art’ located in London in 1959 to pursue his further education. It was during his time at Royal College that David met the renowned American artist R.B Kitaj, who influenced him greatly. He is Christian by religion. 

How was the Career of David Hockney?

David Hockney Painting

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  • David Hockney rose to fame with the work titled ‘We Two Boys Together Clinging’, which was created in 1961. 
  • He painted Life Painting for a Diploma in protest in 1962. 
  • He expressed his fury against the administration of the ‘Royal College of Art’ through this work since they denied him the opportunity to graduate from the institution at the time.
  • In 1963, he relocated to LA owing to his love for America and an undying obsession towards Hollywood and he created ‘Domestic Scene, Los Angeles’, yet another painting which depicted homosexuality.
  • After that, he started teaching at the ‘University of Iowa’ in 1964, after being invited by the institution to impart lessons in art. 
  • He was inspired to make a series of paintings of swimming pools in the comparatively new acrylic medium using vibrant colors. 
  • He was inspired to create pieces of art like ‘A Bigger Splash’ and ‘Portrait of an Artist’.
  • He then rose to the rank of an iconic artist during the 1970s through his work.
  • The first half of the decade saw the release of a few of his works like ‘Three Chairs with a Section of a Picasso Mural’, ‘La Chaise’, ‘Celia in a Wicker Chair’ and ‘Hollywood Tree’.
  • He created masterpieces such as ‘Celia Observing’, ‘The Buzzing of the blue guitar’ and ‘Portrait of Henry Geldzahler’ during the period of 1975-1980. 
  • He moved from paintings to creating collages using photos during the 1980s.
  • This new experiment of art was termed ‘Joiners’. 
  • Davis juxtaposed photographs and Polaroid prints together to create outstanding pieces of art.
  • Some of his well-known works during this period were ‘Pearblossom Highway #2’ and ‘Kasmin, 1982’. 
  • In the year 1985, this artist was appointed by the world-renowned fashion magazine ‘Vogue’ to design the cover page of their French version. 
  • He was among the first few people to popularize the use of a software called ‘Quantel Paintbox’ for painting.
  • He produced art like ‘Malibu House’, ‘Green and Blue Paint’, ‘Red and Black Fruit’, ‘Henry’ and ‘Used Chair’ during 1985-1990. 
  • He then created a few portraits in the 1990s, which included that of ‘Jonathan Silver’, ‘Gregory Evans’, ‘Ken Wathey’ and ‘Mum’. Apart from these, his paintings like ‘The Other Side’, ‘Dog Painting’ and ‘Three Sunflowers and a Water Bottle’, which were released during this period, also earned a lot of acclaims.
  • He then started frequently visiting Yorkshire and in early 2005, he started creating paintings inspired by the environment in the city.
  • Since 2009, Hockney has painted hundreds of portraits, still, lives and landscapes using the Brushes iPhone and iPad application, often sending them to his friends.
  • He then visited Yosemite National Park to draw its landscape on his iPad in 2010 and 2011. 
  • He used an iPad in designing a stained glass window at Westminster Abbey which celebrated the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • He created multi-camera movies using three to eighteen cameras to record a single scene from 2010 to 2014. 
  • He also filmed the landscape of Yorkshire in various seasons, jugglers and dancers, and his own exhibitions within the de Young Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts.
  • He combined hundreds of photographs to create multi-viewpoint "photographic drawings" of groups of his friends in 2014.
  • He picked the process back up in 2017, this time using the more advanced Agisoft PhotoScan photogrammetric software which allowed him to stitch together and rearrange thousands of photos. 
  • The resulting images were printed out as massive photomurals and were exhibited at Pace Gallery and LACMA in 2018.
  • In the year 2017, he was awarded the San Francisco Opera Medal on the occasion of the revival and restoration of his production for Turandot.
  • In the year 2019, his early work featured in his native Yorkshire at The Hepworth Wakefield.

Is David Hockney Gay?

Yes, David Hockney is gay and he has explored the nature of gay love in his portraiture. Sometimes, as in We Two Boys Together Clinging (1961), named after a poem by Walt Whitman, the works refer to his love for men. In 1963, he painted two men together in the painting Domestic Scene, Los Angeles, one showering while the other washes his back. In summer 1966, while teaching at UCLA he met Peter Schlesinger, an art student who posed for paintings and drawings, and with whom he became romantically involved. As per sources, he is not a married person. 

What is the Net Worth of David Hockney?

The net worth of this famous painter is estimated to have $150 Million as of 2020 whereas his net worth was $55 Million as of 2012. As of now, he is enjoying his life a lot. He is living a luxurious lifestyle. In 1978 he rented a house in the Hollywood Hills, and later bought and expanded it to include his studio. He also owned a 1,643-square-foot beach house at 21039 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, which he sold in 1999 for around $1.5 million. His source of earning is from his painting career. 

How tall is David Hockney?

David Hockney is a very handsome person. Being at the age of 82 also, he has maintained his life a lot. His body build is slim. He has got a perfect height matching with his body weight. His other body measurements such as height, weight, and other details have not been revealed by any sources yet but it will be added once we get information about it. 

Did You Know?

  • He is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.
  • He was the fourth child born to Kenneth and Laura Hockney in Bradford, England.
  • His father was known as a conscientious Objector during the Second World War.
  • He is Christian by religion.

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