David Hockney (born 1937) is the renowned English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. Hockney has made paintings, prints, photos, portraits of friends, and stage designs for several of the leading theatres and operas in the world. He was an important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s, and is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. He is probably best known for paintings of swimming pools in the acrylic medium and rendered in a highly realistic style using vibrant colors. Hockney is openly gay and explored its nature (not shown here) in his portraits.
One of the most interesting things about Hockney was that he was born with synesthesia, a condition in which he sees “synesthetic” colors in response to musical stimuli. This shows up in his designs for stage sets for ballet and opera—where background colors and lighting are based on the colors he sees while listening to music.
He maintains three residences in Britain and two in California, where he has lived for many years. He moved to Los Angeles in 1964, returned to London in 1968, and from 1973 to 1975 lived in Paris. He then moved to Los Angeles again in 1978, at first renting a canyon house he lived in. He later bought the property and expanded it to include his studio. He owned a beach house in Malibu, which he sold for a boatload. His artwork sells for a boatload, too.
On the morning of March 18, 2013, Hockney’s 23-year-old assistant died as a result of taking acid, other drugs, and drinking alcohol at Hockney’s English studio.
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