LGBTQ Heroes: David Hockney
As part of our ongoing series on LGBTQ heroes, in this edition we take a look at the life and career of artist David Hockney.
9 July 1937
Born in Bradford, Hockney went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London.
Soon after graduating from the Royal College of Art, in 1964 Hockney moved to live in Los Angeles. It was here that he began working on his swimming pool series. Working with the bright, bold colours of acrylics, the swimming pool series has in many ways defined his career.
Hockney has consistently represented gay life and gay relationships in his work. Celebrating the domesticity of gay relationships.
In 2017, the Tate Britain presented a major retrospective of Hockney’s work, marking his 80th year. The exhibition then travelled to both Paris and New York.
Hockney is generally associated with the Pop Art movement, but his work also draws influence from the Expressionist traditions.