David Hockney (b. 1937) is one of the most significant artists exploring and pushing the boundaries of figurative art today. Hockney has been engaged with portraiture since his teenage years, when he painted Portrait of My Father (1955), and his self-portraits and depictions of family, lovers, and friends represent an intimate visual diary of the artistas life. This beautifully illustrated book examines Hockneyas portraits in all mediaapainting, drawing, photography, and printsaand has been produced in close collaboration with the artist. Featured subjects include members of Hockneyas family and private circle, as well as portraits of such artists and cultural figures as Lucian Freud, Francesco Clemente, R. B. Kitaj, Helmet Newton, Lawrence Weschler, and W. H. Auden. The authors reveal how Hockneyas creative development and concerns about representation can be traced through his portrait work: from his battle with naturalism to his experimentation with and later rejection of photography, and from his recent camera lucida drawings to his return to painting from life. Featuring more than 250 works from the past fifty years, David Hockney Portraits illustrates not only the fascinating range of Hockneyas creative practice but also the unique and cyclical nature of his artistic concerns.Walking into the artista#39;s house is like walking into one of his paintings, or indeed opera sets (the exterior colour scheme was inspired by the ... To the right is an outdoor aquarium - a mobile of iridescent painted fish, a visual trick seen through the windows of the house. ... He has created an installation of the new portraits in the space; the completed portraits are hanging and other works in progress areanbsp;...
|Author||:||David Hockney, Sarah Howgate, Barbara Stern Shapiro, Mark Glazebrook, Marco Livingstone, Edmund White, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Portrait Gallery (Great Britain)|
|Publisher||:||Yale University Press - 2006|