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Hockney On Art By David Hockney

Hockney On Art
by David Hockney

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Lavishly illustrated testament of a much-loved and internationally famous artist, in conversation with interviewer Paul Joyce.
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Hockney On Art: Conversations with Paul Joyce by David Hockney

David Hockney is as fascinating as he is articulate on ways of seeing, and in this impressive book he leads us on an artistic journey where anything is possible. He considers the influence of Picasso and Rembrandt and speaks of Eastern conventions and perspective and of their relevance to his work. He points to Laurel and Hardy's lasting appeal in his conviction that popularity and art are not incompatible. Hockney and his work have long been the subjects of controversy; few twentieth century artists have so successfully surmounted their cult image for three decades, and he remains one of our most relentlessly dedicated, versatile and original painters. Beautifully illustrated, HOCKNEY ON ART is a rare insight into the thought-processes and working life of our most celebrated artist.

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Hockney On Art Reviews

'David Hockney is one of the most intelligent artists alive. He is one of a tiny group of people who define their generation. We all have a stake in his success.' Grey Gowrie, SPECTATOR 'For the last 30 years David Hockney has been the foremost exponent of British art and "one of a tiny group of people who define their generation". In his conversations with filmmaker Paul Joyce, now collected together in Hockney on Art, he lays bare the thought processes of the artist at work. Hockney's musings and insights are skilfully interspersed with works by the artists who have inspired him--Rembrandt and Picasso are particular favourites--and with examples of his own methodical preparations for portrait-painting, in particular his habit of taking photographs of his subjects and reinventing them through the medium of paint. His black-and-white image of fashionable 1960s dress designer Ossie Clark and his wife and cat, marooned in the white fur carpet of their minimalist house, becomes a brilliant rendering of body language, light and colour in the finished work Mr and Mrs. Clark and Percy, reproduced on the facing page. Just to flick through this book is to be reminded of the prolific nature of Hockney's art and his uncompromising use of colour. "We are forced to make depictions. We have made them for 10,000 years now and we are certainly not going to stop. There's a deep desire within us that makes us want to do it. Every depiction was made by means of painting and drawing until the middle of the 19th century. The hand made them all until it looked as if the hand was stopping and then they were made by machinery. Now we're getting to the core. It looked as if the hand was a disappearing but, of course, it can't disappear, even from making the depiction." Hockney's words are frank, considered, highly original--not simply an embellishment of his paintings but a perfect counterpoint to them. Taking place from 1982-1999, in a variety of locations from London to Los Angeles, the end result of Hockney on Art is a fascinating glimpse of one of the most idiosyncratic and influential figures of the 20th century.' Catherine Gowrie, SPECTATOR

About David Hockney

Born in 1937 in Bradford, David Hockney has become one of the most celebrated of modern artists. His 1997 London Exhibition, Faces and Spaces' and his 1999 Paris exhibition have indicated how fresh and fertile his imagination continues to be.

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Hockney On Art: Conversations with Paul Joyce by David Hockney
David Hockney
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The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine.