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David Hockney

David Hockney

1937 - Present

David Hockney is considered one of the most celebrated British contemporary artists. Hockney studied at the Bradford School of Art (1953-7) and the Royal College of Art (1959-62) with R.B. Kitaj, Allen Jones and Derek Boshier. Graduating with a gold medal, he became a leading figure in Pop Art. His work embraces drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and stage design. His first retrospective was at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1970. In 1999 he began hundreds of portraits using camera lucida, on which he published research. In recent years, Hockney has divided his time between Los Angeles and London, and created work using the Brushes iPad app. Exhibitions of his portraits include David Hockney Portraits (National Portrait Gallery, 2006-7) and 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life (RA, 2016).

Text © National Portrait Gallery, London

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