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David Hockney

English artist (born 1937) working in painting, printmaking and photography, who won the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 6 in 1967

David Hockney initially studied in his home town at Bradford School of Art. A talented young student, he went on to study painting at the Royal College of Art in London from 1959 to 1962. He moved from England to California in 1963. His experiences and the work he produced during the 1960s and ‘70s were instrumental in his success. It was during this period that four strong themes emerged within Hockney’s work: a growing confidence in expressing his homosexuality; his skill as a draughtsman and printmaker; his obsession with capturing the properties of water and reflections; and lastly, portraiture, which has continued to play a central role in his output. It was also during this formative period that Hockney won the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 6 (later known as the John Moores Painting Prize) in 1967. He had won a prize in the Junior section on 1961, and was already enjoying some success as an artist, but winning in 1967 propelled his fame to another level. He used half of his £1,500 prize money to pay for his parents to visit his brother Philip in Australia.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker, Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Yorkshire: Bradford
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