Artist # 9: David Hockney

David Hockney was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, in 1937. He studied at Bradford School of Art where he received traditional training drawing from life and produced figure studies, portraits and cityscapes.  After completing four years at Bradford School of Art he went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London.  David Hockney is a well-known painter, printmaker, photographer, and stage designer.

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Winter Timber, 2009 ipad creation, 9×20 ft.

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The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (Twenty Eleven). Oil on canvas, 144 x 384 inches. – See more at: http://www.artcritical.com/2013/12/08/hearne-pardee-on-david-hockney/#sthash.w2LCT1Z5.dpuf

The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate in East Yorkshire, 2011 oil on canvas, 144×384 in.

The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (Twenty Eleven). Oil on canvas, 144 x 384 inches. – See more at: http://www.artcritical.com/2013/12/08/hearne-pardee-on-david-hockney/#sthash.w2LCT1Z5.dpuf
The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (Twenty Eleven). Oil on canvas, 144 x 384 inches. – See more at: http://www.artcritical.com/2013/12/08/hearne-pardee-on-david-hockney/#sthash.w2LCT1Z5.dpuf

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The Road to York through Sledmere, 1997 oil on canvas, 48×60 in.

These are all works from his collection “The Bigger Picture”.  They are depictions of the Yorkshire landscape which Hockney was immersed in while growing up.  He showcases his skill by using a variety if different techniques and mediums.  They are a culmination of watercolours, charcoal sketches, and more than 50 colourful “drawings”, created using an iPad and printed on to paper.  There are even nine- and 18-screen video works.

He has introduced the world to the use of the ipad in creating these beautiful, vibrant landscapes.  He begins his creations on the ipad and then moves his work to canvas’ on the wall layering them up with oil.  He uses the ipad as a sort of sketchbook to lay down his ideas and then later recreates them.  Hockney prefers work on the ipad because he utilizes an app called “brushstrokes” that records each stroke he makes.  He enjoys this because it helps to show the process of artistic creation.

With an end result like this, it really makes you appreciate the forethought of a sketchbook to help you plot out your work even down to the colors you use to help you convey whats in your mind and to put it on to canvas.

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