By Hockney, David; Sykes, David

ISBN-10: 0385531443

ISBN-13: 9780385531443

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In this attention-grabbing and wonderful moment quantity, Christopher Simon Sykes explores the lifestyles and paintings of Britain's preferred residing artist.
 
David Hockney is likely one of the such a lot influential and best-loved artists of the 20 th century. His profession has spanned and epitomized the artwork events of the prior 5 a long time. identifying up Hockney's tale in 1975, this publication unearths him flitting among Notting Hill and California, the place he took idea for the swimming pool sequence of work; growing acclaimed set designs for operas worldwide; and embracing rising technologies—the Polaroid digital camera and fax laptop within the seventies and eighties and, such a lot lately, the iPad. Hockney's boundless power extends to his own existence too, and this quantity illuminates the glamorous circles he strikes in, in addition to his occasionally turbulent relationships.

Christopher Simon Sykes has been granted specific and exceptional entry to Hockney's work, notebooks, and diaries, and a number of them are reproduced right here. that includes interviews with relations, associates, and Hockney himself, it is a energetic and revelatory account of an acclaimed artist and a rare man.

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He’s always there, just painting away,” and people did start dropping in and not leaving until midnight. Well, I couldn’t work under those conditions, so I thought I’d better go back to London. So I just got a van and Gregory and I spent two days packing everything into it and we drove back to London. ’28 When he returned to London at the beginning of November, it was clear to Hockney that he needed to make changes in his life. His flat in Powis Terrace depressed him, holding as it did so many memories of Peter Schlesinger, and things were not helped by the fact that his friend and studio assistant Mo McDermott was back on heroin.

Things came to a head at the end of April when, on a holiday in Llandudno, Kenneth, much to his fury, had to be forcibly hospitalised in order to stabilise him. On his return home, he made the lives of all around him a misery. m,’ recorded Laura in her diary on 5 May. ’59 And on 11 May she described Ken as ‘very difficult. He has no pain but I’m sure he is uncomfortable & is fighting his own way back to normal to avoid Doctors – says he is afraid to go into hospital again. ’60 A week later they were both hospitalised, Kenneth in St Luke’s for further stabilisation of his diabetes, and Laura in Woodlands for her hip operation.

In 1973, still smarting from the loss of Schlesinger, he moved to Paris, where he set up a studio in a house rented from his close friend, the film director Tony Richardson. Here he studied under Aldo Crommelynck, Picasso’s master etching printer, who taught him different techniques, including the ‘sugar lift’, and his own ingenious method of etching in colour. Hockney, who was at something of a crossroads in his working life and trying to avoid what he considered to be the dangers of obsessive naturalism, now buried himself in drawing, producing in particular a series of beautiful images of Birtwell, many of which were exhibited in 1974 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

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