Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Hockney, David

Large Interior, Los Angeles
oil, ink on cut-and-pasted paper, on canvas
183.5 x 305.4 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA

"Picasso is still influencing me. Of course, I haven't got that kind of energy, or skill." (Hockney)

Hockney, in this painting, applies a cubist treatment of geometry to open up the interior of a large, modern, urban living space. Here the conventional tunnel perspective of a regular image is exploded giving us a fisheye panorama of the entire space.

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.
"I'm always excited by the unlikely, never by ordinary things." (Hockney)