David Hockney (1937-Present) painter, print maker, photographer and Yorkshireman.
Hockney was born in Bradford, in the West Riding of Yorkshire in 1937. Educated at Bradford Grammar School and Bradford College of Art, he studied under Frank Lisle. He later went to the Royal College of Art, where he was featured in his first exhibition titled Young Contemporaries, an exhibit geared towards marking the arrival of British Pop art.
Featured in over 400 solo and over 500 group exhibitions throughout his career, Hockney’s first solo exhibition took place at Kasmin Ltd in 1963, and by 1970 his first retrospective was held at the Whitechapel Gallery. LACMA hosted a retrospective exhibition in 1988 which toured to The Met in New York and the Tate in London.
In October 2006, the National Portrait Gallery in London displayed over 150 paintings, drawings, prints, sketchbooks and photo-collages representative of Hockney’s evolution over the past fifty years of his career. This huge showcase of his portraiture ran until 2007 and was one of the most successful exhibitions of the decade for the gallery.
The Royal Academy held A Bigger Picture in 2012, exhibiting a vast array of Hockney’s works, with a focus on his natural landscapes. The David Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain in 2017 had similar success, earning the title of the gallery’s most visited exhibition of all time. Hockney exhibited his new work at Pace Gallery in 2018 and held a retrospective at The Hepworth Wakefield in 2019.
Collectors of Hockney’s works are located worldwide. The lion’s share of his work resides at The David Hockney Foundation, with others residing in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Tate, London; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; MoMA, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Mumok in Vienna and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.