inspiration David Hockney

May 14, 2011
Photographing Annie Leibovitz While She Is Photographing Hockney, 1982



 Robert Littman Floating In a Pool, 1982

David Hockney was born on July 9, 1937, in Bradford, England. As a young child, Hockney also developed an obsession with opera when he first saw the Carl Rosa opera company’s production of La Bohème. In 1948, David Hockney won a scholarship to the Bradford Grammar School, one of the best schools in the country. Here he enjoyed his art classes most and thus decided that he wanted to become an artist. In 1953, Hockney finally enrolled in the College of Art and began painting with oils, his medium of choice for most of his life.
In the eighties, Hockney turned to photo collage. Using a Polaroid camera, Hockney would assemble collages of photos that he would take as quickly as possible. Hockney was fascinated with the idea of seeing things through a window frame. This medium allowed him to see things in a whole new fashion. In the nineties, Hockney continued to experiment with rising technologies. He used a color laser copier in some of his works and reproduced some of his paintings.

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