Hockney Pop Art - The greatest Pop Artist of all time?
David Hockney may
have been born in Bradord in 1937 but his international life and take
on modern pop culture went much further than these humble routes.
I suppose it can
only have been a true Yourkshireman who would have the ironic skill to
expose many, quite American cultural traits during the 1960s and 1970s.
After studying at the Royal College of Arts, Hockney quickly
becam recognised for his expressionism, borrowing styles from a number
of his contemporaries and from classical artists.
As he experimented with a variety of mediums, it became clear that
Acrylics (which were new and exciting in the 1960s) were his prefered
and most suited ammunition against the pop culture and consumerism that
grew over the decades.
He had a number of successes, and really showed himself to be of a
talent and quality that over the decades has weighed a significant and
lasting imprint on the minds of many young artists and the world of art
Hockney became well know for his large scale art works or "joiners". He
used photocollage the to pin photos together of a subject in order to
discuss how human vision worked. He always had a good eye for such
large scale projects and at times created massive joined paintings,
including his "A Bigger Grand Canyon" (1998) which sold for $4.6
million and now hangs in the National Gallery of Australia.
Hockney also undertook a number of magazine projects, including
designing a range of pages for Vogue. He has always varied his works,
and shown a willingness to engage with a variety of styles and mediums.
Perhaps his best know works though, were created during the 1960s when
he studied life in California - his images "The Splash" and
"The Bigger Splash" have become iconic in every sense of the word.
certainly can't deny that his works look simply amazing on any wall. At
once brightening a wall and adding significant class to a room.