David Hockney (b. 1937) is an English painter, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. An important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.
Like other Pop artists, Hockney revived figurative painting in a style that referenced the visual language of advertising, and painted portraits at different periods in his career. From 1968, and for the next few years, he painted friends, lovers, and relatives just under lifesize and in pictures that depicted good likenesses of his subjects. Hockney’s own presence is often implied, since the lines of perspective converge to suggest the artist’s point of view. Hockney has repeatedly returned to the same subjects – his parents, various writers he has known, fashion designers, art dealers and curators.Download the artist biography