Hockney Paintings – Famous British Contemporary Art
David Hockney is a famous British artist of the modern era with a contemporary style that is fresh and charming, and has gained him critical success on both sides of the pond, as well as all over the rest of the world. In this article we will cover a small selection of some of his best paintings, and we hope to persuade even more people of his incredible talents. This strong-willed Yorkshireman, who has also spent alot of time in Los Angeles, is a key figure in the modern art world, and this article only serves as a teaser to his broad spectrum of talents and catalog of works.
A Bigger Splash is perhaps Hockney’s best known painting and thoroughly deserves its inclusion here.It was painted in California in the early summer of 1967. The hidden depths of the painting’s meaning is not immediately obvious.
Garrowby Hill represents Hockney’s deep love for his native Yorkshire’s classic English countryside, with a beautiful landscape captured in Hockney’s brilliantly vibrant style.
Man Taking Shower in Beverly Hills, painted from a photograph,came about from Hockney’s fascination with the tendency of Americans to shower so frequently. Hockney spent a lot of time in Los Angeles, the location of the painting, and was also interested in capturing a human body caressing itself.
A Bigger Grand Canyon, currently stored In Canberra, is an extraordinary work requiring a substantial viewing distance in order to fully enjoy Hockney’s play on perspective and appreciate his depiction of this great landmark.
Malibu summed up his love and affection for another new scenic spot that he discovered during his art career, Malibu, where he purchased a beach house.
This article only covered five major Hockney paintings, but many more exist and are worth your attention. His art varies across each decade, and many prefer paintings from individual periods of his career. Good research can uncover your favorite Hockney period.
Tom Gurney Art Blogger discusses many famous artists & paintings on Art150, including David Hockney. As a fellow Brit, he tries to cover as much of Hockney’s art as possible, and you can read more about that in his David Hockney Prints section.