David Hockney is a celebrated English painter, photographer and printmaker regarded as one of Britain's most popular artists of the 20th century. Some of his notable works include Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, A Bigger Splash and Bigger Trees Near Water.
He is the fourth of the five children of Laura and Kenneth Hockney. Over the years had a string of lovers, including Gregory Evans, whom he dated for about a decade.
He declined an offer of a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 1990.
In a 2011 poll, he was named the most influential British artist of all time.
In 2013, his 23-year-old aide Dominic Elliot died at his mansion after drinking toxic toilet cleaner and a cocktail of alcohol and drugs while partying. Hockney later said he was so devastated by Elliot’s death that he almost gave up painting.
Anyway I feel myself a bit on the edge on the art world, but I don't mind, I'm just pursuing my work in a very excited way. And there isn't really a mainstream anymore, is there?David Hockney
Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus.David Hockney
Cubism was an attack on the perspective that had been known and used for 500 years. It was the first big, big change. It confused people: they said, 'Things don't look like that!'David Hockney
I did come from a pretty independent-minded family.David Hockney
I draw flowers every day and send them to my friends so they get fresh blooms every morning.David Hockney
I go and see anything that's visually new, any technology that's about picture-making. The technology won't make the pictures different, but someone using it will.David Hockney
I think my father would have liked to have been an artist, actually. But I think he didn't quite have perhaps the drive or, I don't know, I mean he had a family to bring up I suppose.David Hockney
I was always struck by how Picasso had no interest in music.David Hockney
I went to art school actually when I was sixteen years old.David Hockney
I'm a very early riser, and I don't like to miss that beautiful early morning light.David Hockney
I'm interested in all kinds of pictures, however they are made, with cameras, with paint brushes, with computers, with anything.David Hockney
In my old age, I'll be in L.A.David Hockney
Listening is a positive act: you have to put yourself out to do it.David Hockney
People criticized me for my photography. They said it's not art.David Hockney
Shadows sometimes people don't see shadows. The Chinese of course never paint them in pictures, oriental art never deals with shadow. But I noticed these shadows and I knew it meant it was sunny.David Hockney
The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist.David Hockney
To me, the world's rather beautiful if you look at it. Especially nature.David Hockney
We live in an age where the artist is forgotten. He is a researcher. I see myself that way.David Hockney
Well you can't teach the poetry, but you can teach the craft.David Hockney
What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing. You wouldn't be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought.David Hockney
You had to be aware that I saw that photography was a mere episode in the history of the optical projection and when the chemicals ended, meaning the picture was fixed by chemicals, we were in a new era.David Hockney
is a famous English painter, designer, and photographer,
who was born on
July 9, 1937. As a person born on this date, David Hockney is listed in our database as the 18th
most popular celebrity for the day (July 9) and the 23rd most popular for the year (1937).
People born on July 9
fall under the Zodiac sign of Cancer, the Crab.
David Hockney is the 383rd most popular Cancer.
Aside from information specific to David Hockney's birthday, David Hockney is the 438th most famous English and ranks 3rd in famous people born in Bradford, England, UK.
In general, David Hockney ranks as the 4636th
most popular famous person, and the 40th most popular painter of all time.
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