David Hockney (refer one)

David Hockney was born on July 9, 1937, in Bradford, England. His parents are Laura and Kenneth Hockney.

David was raised as a strict Methodist attending a weekly Sunday school. The family was a pretentious working class family. Laura and Kenneth were solid parents who only wanted their children to have the best education possible.

People that knew David Hockney well always considered him as a eccentric in Bradford, he wasn’t one to care what people said or thought of him, he generally did as he pleased.

While David Hockney attended Sunday school he mainly spent his time drawing pictures of Jesus, much to his teachers dismay.

David Hockney is dedicated to his artwork, and has often been referred to as the ‘playboy of the art world’. He has had lascivious relationships and has run among strange and crazy artistic circles. Yet has also kept a stable lifestyle through his pride and constant devotion to his work.  Hockney enjoys praise and achievement throughout his career.

In 1948, David Hockney won a scholarship to the Bradford Grammar School which, was one of the best in the country. It was here that he truely discovered what he wanted as a profession as he disliked many of the other subject he was studying at the time. Therefore, he wanted to transfer to the Regional College of Art in Bradford, however this was disallowed, and he finished with a bad attuide towards his tutors and bad grades.

(left to right) John Loker, Norman Stevens, David Oxtoby, David Hockney in the Common Room at  Bradford Regional College of Art, 1956

In 1993 David Hockney finally attended the College Of Arts.  His artwork was abstract and quite personal . Socially, he made a lot of friends, but never really expressed any sexual interests. His group of acquaintances would often travel into London to catch various art shows. In the summer of 1957, Hockney took the National Diploma in Design Examination. He graduated with honors and then enrolled in the Painting School of the Royal College in London two years later, where and when he would gain national attention as an artist.

Hockney was a serious and devoted student, however, and dedicated much effort to painting. During his first term, he experimented with more abstract styles, but he felt unsatisfied with that work, and he still thought up some of  his own styles.

After a little while, Hockney even began painting about his sexual orientation, writing words such as “queer” and ‘unorthodox lover” in some of his paintings. While Hockney had been aware of his attraction to males growing up in Bradford, he had never felt comfortable talking about his sexual orientation until he came to the Royal College and befriended other gay men.

In the summer of 1961, Hockney traveled to New York for the first time. Hockney sold several of his paintings. In New York, Hockney befriended Andy Warhol, at whose studio young artists often met and socialized. He also met Dennis Hopper that same night. However, Hockney’s main purpose in returning to the States was not to meet peers, but rather to travel to California.

In the mean time, he finished his studies at the Royal College and received considerable attention from critics, professors, and peers at several student shows.
He was awarded the gold medal for outstanding distinction at the convocation and ended his college career on  tremendously good note.

In the summer of 1964, Hockney was invited to teach at the University of Iowa.

In December of 1964, Hockney returned to London to give a talk on homosexual imagery in America. A year later, he returned to America to teach at the University of Colorado in Boulder. There he lived in an apartment without windows and painted the Rocky Mountains from his memory.

Two years later, Hockney experienced his first true romance with a nineteen-year-old student named Peter Schlesinger. Schlesinger was just about everything Hockney ever wanted in a man. He was attractive, smart, young, innocent, and in great need of Hockney’s guidance. Schlesinger became a favorite subject of Hockney’s, and the many drawings of him show the informal intimacy of the two.

For many years after that, Hockney remained content painting and showcasing his work at various exhibits. His work had gained much esteem and attention all over the world. Critics instantly recognized the power of his art. Most of his paintings from the late sixties and early seventies, particularly Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy (1970-1971).


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