David Hockney
David Hockney, CH
Order of the Companions of Honour
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, RA, (born 9 July 1937) is an English
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 painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer, who is based in Bridlington
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, Yorkshire
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 and Kensington
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, London.

An important contributor to the Pop art
Pop art
Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the mid 1950s in Britain and in the late 1950s in the United States. Pop art challenged tradition by asserting that an artist's use of the mass-produced visual commodities of popular culture is contiguous with the perspective of fine art...

 movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century.
Hockney was born in Bradford, England on 9 July 1937 to Laura and Kenneth Hockney and was educated first at Wellington Primary School then Bradford Grammar School
Bradford Grammar School
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, Bradford College of Art and the Royal College of Art
Royal College of Art
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 in London, where he met R. B. Kitaj
R. B. Kitaj
Ronald Brooks Kitaj was an American artist who spent much of his life in England.-Life:Born in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, near Cleveland, United States, his Hungarian father, Sigmund Benway, left his mother, Jeanne Brooks, shortly after he was born and they were divorced in 1934. His mother was the...


What I always longed to do was to be able to paint like I can draw, most artists would tell you that, they would all like to paint like they can draw.

From a series of interviews with Marco Livingstone (April 22 - May 7, 1980 and July 6 - 7, 1980) quoted in Livingstone's David Hockney (1981), p. 207

I've started painting much more freely, and faster. I think it's working in the theatre that did it. You know what the Glyndebourne scene-painters said about my The Magic Flute? They said they had to wear sunglasses to paint it.

"Portrait of the Artist as a Naughty Boy," interview with John Mortimer, In Character (1983) ISBN 0-14-006389-7 p.97

In one gallery they actually had a notice which said "No Sketching." How obnoxious! I said, "How do you think these things got on the walls if there was no sketching?"

"Portrait of the Artist as a Naughty Boy," interview with John Mortimer, In Character (1983), p.97

Television is becoming a collage — there are so many channels that you move through them making a collage yourself. In that sense, everyone sees something a bit different.

Interview with Paul Joyce, New York, November 1985, quoted in Hockney on Photography, ed. Wendy Brown (1988)

If we are to change our world view, images have to change. The artist now has a very important job to do. He's not a little peripheral figure entertaining rich people, he's really needed.

Interview with Paul Joyce, New York, (September 1986) quoted in Hockney on Photography, ed. Wendy Brown (1988)

We live in an age where the artist is forgotten. He is a researcher. I see myself that way.

The Observer (London) (9 June 1991)