, RA, (born 9 July 1937) is an English
painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer, who is based in Bridlington
An important contributor to the Pop 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 College of Art and the Royal College of Art
in London, where he met R. B. Kitaj
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
We live in an age where the artist is forgotten. He is a researcher. I see myself that way.