Born in 1937 in Bradford, England, David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. From an early age, he found an interest and inspiration in Picasso and Matisse, who he cites as influences in his works. He attended the Bradford College of Art before entering the Royal College of Art for graduate school; even as a student, his paintings won prizes and were purchased for private collections. Hockney studied under Francis Bacon and Peter Blake, both of whom Hockney cites as founts of inspiration. Hockney is a prolific multimedia artist, having utilized painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and digital media in the course of his career. Best known for his depiction of pools, landscapes, and portraits, Hockney’s works are said to “capture the perceived world of movement, space and time in two dimensions.”
His works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Getty Center (Los Angeles), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Museum of Fine Art (Boston), The Long Museum (Shanghai), Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), among others.