Born in 1937, Hockney is one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. Like other big names Hockney was an important contributor to the Pop art movement.
Hockney is very known for his works as a painter, photographer, graphic designer and stage designer. While a student at the Royal College of Art, Hockney was featured in the exhibition Young Contemporaries – alongside Peter Blake – that announced the arrival of British Pop art (Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the mid 1950s in Britain and in the late 1950s in the United States. Pop art presented a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising, news, etc.).
A subsequent visit to California, where he lived for many years, inspired Hockney to make a series of paintings of swimming pools in Los Angeles, using the comparatively new acrylic medium and rendered in a highly realistic style using vibrant colours.
In 1967, his painting, Peter Getting Out Of Nick’s Pool,
won the John Moores Painting Prize at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.
Hockney has also worked with photography, or, more precisely, photo-collage. Using varying numbers of Polaroid snaps or photolab-prints of a single subject Hockney arranged a patchwork to make a composite image. Hockney would assemble collages of photos that he would take as quickly as possible. Hockney was fascinated with the idea of seeing things through a window frame. This medium allowed him to see things in a whole new fashion. He took a drive in the southwest United States taking thousands of photos and fitting them altogether into various collages, such as You make the picture, Zion Canyon, Utah. His artwork also began to take on a psychological dimension.
Here you can see more posters designed by Hockney,
But as photography and the one eye view did not satisfy Hockney entirely he decided to return back to painting!