Thursday, July 10, 2008

David Hockney 1937 -

Garrowby Hill

Self-Portrait with Charlie

Pool with Two Figures
Two Peppers

He never really cared what people thought of him and always did as he pleased. He spent afternoons at Sunday School drawing cartoons of Jesus, much to his teachers' dismay. Read more about David Hockney


  1. It rather surprises me, but I like Hockney's work. Not sure why. I wasn't familiar with it before this.
    Don't know why that is either. Thanks.

  2. Bobbie: I didn't realize how much I like Hockney until I began perusing his work online. I especially like the portraits. I think he's underestimated by being called a pop artist.

  3. There's something really engaging about his style, though I'm not clear on what that is.

    Anyway, I like his stuff a lot.

    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Have I mentioned that I'm quite disappointed in your Cuss-O-Meter reading? :-P

  5. 99: Well, I'll have to fucking cuss more often then! ;-)

  6. Have you seen his Opera sets? I have a book of pencil drawings of Hockney's - they are gorgeous, delicate, mostly of rocks. He is an amazing artist, I love his work.

  7. Jood: I have not seen the Opera Sets but I'll look for them. I am currently in love with Hockney and had a difficult time choosing which of his works to post here. He is very good, isn't he?

    Thanks for commenting, Jude!

  8. I'm just not aroused by most of Hockney's work - it's something about his shape choices, but I can't put my finger on it. I know it's a personal thing, like disliking mauve.

    But I've long wished I'd painted Garrowby Hill... Yum, Yum. That's a favorite of mine. Colors, shapes, and mostly the way it lives inside it's rectangle (like a snail so cleverly fit inside its shell).

  9. Steve: Interesting because like you, I like the landscape a lot but it's Hockney's portraits that grab me. I can't tell you why, exactly but they seem honest to me.

    My least favorite of the work of his I've seen is that series of swimming pool paintings. I don't like the sterile pools, the perfect, young male bodies look generic to me and the society they depict turns me off. But maybe that's part of what he was trying to communicate.

    I thank you so much for your comments and your insight. You've added so much to this thread.



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