My Yorkshire: David Hockney

ISBN: 97819075787139
Artist(s): David Hockney
Author(s): Marco Livingstone
Format: hardback
Year published: 2011
Publisher: Enitharmon Editions
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 84
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in colour

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David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century and the many paintings he has made in the vicinity of Bridlington since 2005 are among the most captivating and impressive of his long and distinguished career.

Born in Bradford in 1937, David Hockney spent the first 18 years of his life in Yorkshire before moving to London. In 1964 he relocated to Los Angeles, which he chronicled in hedonistic images that became synonymous with his name and ensured the worldwide popularity of his art. Hockney avoided England as a subject until the age of 60, finding inspiration in sunnier climes and more exotic and brightly hued scenery. It was not until 1997 that he returned to celebrate his childhood landscapes of east Yorkshire in paint, to console a dying friend. The passing two years later of the artist’s mother, who had relocated to the seaside town of Bridlington, soon acted as a further incentive to return to an area imbued with affectionate memories.

In two extended revealing conversations with art historian Marco Livingstone conducted in the middle of this great project, Hockney speaks with great clarity and candour of the complex personal and artistic motivations that have drawn him back to his roots in Yorkshire and led to one of the crowning achievements of his life in art. Beautiful full-page spreads of Hockney’s Yorkshire paintings illustrate the text.


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