“What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing. You wouldn’t be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought.”
David Hockney (b. Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, 1937) is known for his versatility as an artist, with his oeuvre encompassing painting, drawing, photocollages, stage designs, fax drawings, digital drawings created with iPads and iPhones, and video. A forerunner of the Pop Art movement in Britain, he studied at the Royal College of Art in London, graduating in 1962. A great deal of his work is autobiographical, with portraits being perhaps the genre he returns to the most often; he has created over 200 self-portraits alone. The artist moved to California in 1964 and the state had a great impact on his art, which began to feature swimming pools, sunshine, and palm trees. The artist set a record in 2018 when his 1972 work Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) sold for $90 million at a Christie’s auction as the most expensive work sold by a living artist, though this was later broken by Jeff Koons. Hockney has been featured in over 400 solo exhibitions and over 500 group exhibitions.