Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hockney, David

American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman)
Acrylic on canvas
213.4 x 304.8 cm (83 7/8 x 120 in.)
Art Institute of Chicago

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 settled in Los Angeles, California, in 1964, where he immediately fell in love with the light, the culture and the urban landscape of the West Coast.

This painting depicts the contemporary-art collectors Fred and Marcia Weisman in the sculpture garden of their Los Angeles home. As relentlessly stiff and still as the objects surrounding them, the couple stands apart, his stance echoed in the totem pole to the right, hers in the Henry Moore sculpture behind her. Her toothy smile also mirrors that of the totem pole.