Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hockney, David

A Bigger Splash
Acrylic on canvas
242.5 x 243.9 cm (95 1/2 x 96 in)
Tate gallery, London

David Hockney (1937 - ) is an English painter, stage designer and photographer, who is based in London.
He is an important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s, and is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century.
He moved to California in 1964, where he immediately fell in love with the light, the culture and the urban landscape of the West Coast.

A Bigger Splash depicts a swimming pool beside a modern house, disturbed by a large splash of water created by an unseen figure who has apparently just jumped in from a diving board. It was painted in California between April and June 1967, when Hockney was teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, United States.
Hockney has expressed his pleasure at taking two weeks to paint a moment that lasted two seconds
"It took me two weeks to paint an event that lasts two seconds".