David Hockney (b.1937)
David Hockney, an important contributor to the British Pop art movement of the 1960s, is considered one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.
Hockney was born on 9 July 1937 in Bradford. He was educated at Bradford Grammar School, Bradford College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. While still at the Royal College of Art, Hockney was featured in the exhibition Young Contemporaries, that announced the arrival of British Pop Art. He became associated with pop art, but his early works also display expressionist elements, not dissimilar to certain works by Francis Bacon.
In 1963 Hockney visited New York, making contact with Andy Warhol. Later, a visit to California, where he settled, inspired Hockney to make a series of oil paintings of swimming pools in Los Angeles. These are executed in a more realistic style and use vibrant colours.
Since then he has consolidated his position as the best known and most highly regarded British artist of his generation. As well as painting, Hockney has produced a range of work in lithography and in photographic collage and has also been outstanding as a graphic artist and stage designer.
Salts Mill in Saltaire has a permanent exhibition of works by Hockney.