Sunday, October 6, 2013

Hockney, David

Place Furstenberg Paris
photographic collage
88.9 x 80 cm
private collection

Collage has freed creation by allowing to compose images combining fragments of the representation of reality. The use of collage developed between 1918 and 1939, with avant-garde movements, especially dadaist, futurists, modernists and constructivists, who saw there a means to free themselves from traditional artistic expression.
Hockney made pictures assembling series of rectangular colour images taken at different moments and from various viewpoints. He could thus change the apparent organization of space by fragmenting it and introduce a time dimension to his work.

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.

Hockney was born in Bradford, England in 1937. He loved books and was interested in art from an early age, admiring Picasso, Matisse and Fragonard. His parents encouraged their son’s artistic exploration, and gave him the freedom to doodle and daydream.
Hockney attended art school in London before moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s. 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. There, he painted his famous swimming pool paintings. In the 1970s, Hockney began working in photography, creating photo collages he called joiners. He continues to create and exhibit art, and in 2011 he was voted the most influential British artist of the 20th century.