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The World According to David Hockney

ISBN: 9780500027042
Artist(s): David Hockney
Author(s): David Hockney & Martin Gayford
Format: hardback
Year published: June 2024
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Total Pages: 176
Illustrations: colour throughout

£14.99

A collection of legendary British artist David Hockney’s insights into art, life, nature, creativity and much more.

‘I’ve always been a looker … that’s what artists do’

This anthology of quotations by David Hockney follows in the successful format of ‘The World According to’ series. Ranging across topics including drawing, photography, nature, creativity, the internet and much more, The World According to David Hockney offers a delightful and engaging overview of the artist’s inimitable spirit, personality and opinions.

From everyday observations – ‘The eye is always moving; if it isn’t moving you are dead’ – to artistic insights such as ‘painted colour always will be better than printed colour, because it is the pigment itself’, as well as musings on other image makers, including Caravaggio, Cézanne and Hokusai, Hockney has a knack for capturing profound truths in pithy statements.

Born in Bradford, England, in 1937, Hockney attended art school in London before moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s. There, he painted his famous swimming pool paintings, and since then has embraced a range of media including photocollage, video and digital technologies. In a 2011 poll of more than 1,000 British artists, Hockney was voted the most influential British artist of all time.

Presented as a beautifully designed and attractive package, illustrated with works of art from throughout Hockney’s career, this is the perfect gift for art lovers everywhere.

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