Monday, July 9, 2012
Happy birthday to David Hockney, born on this day in 1937.
"David Hockney was born on July 9, 1937 in Bradford, Yorkshire -- the fourth of five children in a traditional middle class English family. Hockney's father was an accountant an an amateur artist and his mother was a devoted homemaker who instilled in her children a serious work ethic. Since graduating from Bradford School of Art in the late 1950s, Hockney has been making waves in the art world."
(...)"Hockey seems to know everyone worth knowing in the art world and beyond, and it's no surprise that he'll get lambasted and venerated in equal measure.
Despite the changing tides of the art world, Hockney continues pursuing his passion for representational landscapes, and employs traditional painting techniques or novel ones on his iPad. However, his relationship to technology isn't new; in 1985, the artist used the Quantel Paintbox to "paint" on a screen. Seventeen years later, he depicted the Queen in an iPad drawing to mark the Jubilee. His latest exhibition, entitled, "A Bigger Picture," is spending the summer and early fall at the Guggenheim in Bilbao after a successful run at the Royal Academy of Arts."
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