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David Hockney: All Time Favorite Artist (ARCHIVE 2014)

This post goes out to my main man in the art world, David Hockney. While credited as one of the masterminds behind the British Pop Art movement and as one of the best contemporary artists, in actuality, Hockney’s talents exceed such titles. Judging by the versatility of his work, his zesty yet frank personality and, obviously, his intrinsic eye for color and composition, I’d reckon he’s quite possibly the most glorious artist that will ever live. But, I’m no expert.

Hockney was born in 1937 in Bradford, England and spent the majority of his adult life between England and Los Angeles. Distinctive to his style is that his work totally reflects his environment; you can look at virtually any painting and determine if Hockney was living in California or England at the time.

His portfolio is dominated by brilliant color palettes and landscapes, with a number of portraits, interiors and still lifes thrown into the mix. I want to say that painting is his forte, but he’s also an amazing printmaker, photographer and he definitely has that technological artistry going on. In fact, there have been a number of exhibits exclusively featuring his iPad drawings and paintings. I could give praise to this creative savant until the sun goes down, but I’d rather you fall in love for yourself.

“Life is such a mystery, why can’t there be another? Why would there be only one mystery?”

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Red Pots in the Garden, 2000 (oil on canvas, 60×76 in.)

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The Gate, 2000 (oil on canvas, 60×76 in.)

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Late Spring Tunnel, 2006 (oil on canvas 48×72 in.)

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Portrait of an Artist (Pool with two Figures), 1972 (oil on canvas, 84×120 in.)

“I’ve always been a privileged person. I get intense pleasure through the eyes.”

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Bigger Trees Near Warter, 2007 (oil on 50 canvases, 180×480 in. overall)

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Autumn Leaves, 2008 (color inkjet print on paper, 35×46.5 in.)

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The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven), 2011 (oil on 32 canvases, 144×384 in.)

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Winter Timber, 2009 (oil on 15 canvases, 180×240 in.)

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Early Blossom Near Brid, 2009 (oil on canvas, 36×72 in.)

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Hawthorne Blossom, Woldgate no. 5, 2009 (oil on canvas, 60×72 in.)

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Woldgate Woods, 2006 (oil on six canvases, 75×150 in.)

“In your head you can go anywhere, didn’t you know that? You can even go to the edge of the universe. You’ll never get there on a bus or a spaceship or whatever they think up next.”
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Shirley Goldfard & Gregory Masurovsky, 1974 (acrylic on canvas, 45×84 in.)

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Woldgate Woods, 2006 (oil on six canvases, 75×150 in.)

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Woldgate Woods III, 2006 (oil on six canvases, 75×150 in.)

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Mulholland Drive: The Road to the Studio, 1980 (acrylic on canvas, 86×243 in.)

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The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven), 2011 (iPad drawing printed on paper, 57×42.5 in.)

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Pearlblossom Highway, 1986 (photographic collage, 77×112.5 in.)

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