David Hockney is an English painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer. As an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.
At school, he studied under both Francis Bacon and Peter Blake, but also credits Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse for influencing his distinctive and varied style.
On 15 November 2018, Hockney's 1972 work, ‘Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)’ sold at Christie's auction house in New York City for $90 million (£70 million), becoming the most expensive artwork by a living artist sold at auction
Hockney has received a vast number of accolades throughout his career, including nine honorary degrees from institutions worldwide.
He continues to paint and exhibit his work and remains one of the most inventive artists of our time, recently exhibiting a series of drawings created on his iPad at the Royal Academy in 2021.
Hockney’s works are presently held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.
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