David Hockney is one of the most brilliant and venerated artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Hockney set up residence in California in 1964, and painted the swimming pools that are commonplace in California but a rarity in his home country of England. His paintings resonated with people around the world and have become modern icons.
Next month, Christie’s will auction Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures). At an estimated price of $80 million, the painting is set to become the most valuable work of art by a living artist ever sold at auction. The current record was set by Jeff Koons, when his Balloon Dog sold for $58.4 million in 2013.
David Hockney’s Window for the Queen
David Hockney was commissioned to create a stained glass window for Westminster Abbey to celebrate the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr. John Hall, asked Hockney to create a design that would be symbolic of the Queen, who is the United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch.
Within a day of being offered the commission, Hockney sent the Dean a first-draft design, which he created on his iPad.
Hockney says that the window is a celebration of color and of the Queen’s love of the countryside.
David Hockney and His Use of Technology
He considered the iPad a natural design tool for the project because, like a stained-glass window, it’s back-lit. For nearly a decade, Hockney has been using his computer, his iPad and his iPhone to create limited edition works of exceptional quality.
Most of us are happy to be able to make a call or send a legible text on our iPhone or to Google information or send an email from our iPads, but Hockney, at age 81, has taken technology to a new level.
“I used to think the computer was too slow for a draughtsman.” Hockney wrote in 2008. “You had finished a line, and the computer was 15 seconds later, an absurd position for someone drawing, but things have improved, and it now enables one to draw very freely and fast with colour. There are advantages and disadvantages to anything new in mediums for artists, but the speed allowed here with colour is something new, swapping brushes in the hand with oil or watercolour takes time. These prints are made by drawing and collage, they exist either in the computer or on a piece of paper, they were made for printing, and so, will be printed. They are not photographic reproductions. My idea is to make them in small editions between 7 and 25.”
Just as his use of acrylic paints in the 1960s revealed his extraordinary use of color and style, Hockney’s use of today’s technology reveals his continued achievements as an artist.
David Hockney Works For Sale at the Surovek Gallery
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