David Hockney | the “national treasure”?Most expensive living artist?
David Hockney “I wanted life to be exciting all the time, and I got it.On the other hand, I admit THAT I get a kick out of raindrops in puddles, but many people don’t.I will live like this until THE day I fall.”David Hockney | Artist portrait (Pool and two portraits) acrylic on canvas;213.5 x 305 cm;Hockney went to the United States in 1961 and has since lived in the country many times with his own studio, creating a number of masterpieces that have worldwide influence.”The Bigger Splash” is his representative work.There is an empty chair on the opposite side of the blue pool, and there is a projection at noon. There is a virtual shadow of water entering the pool. The big glass of the natatorium behind reflects the projection that has not been painted.In this painting, the figure is figurably absent, which shows his presence through the diving board, water splash and chair. The small water splash in the pool indicates that there is a person diving in the opposite side, while the large water splash jumps in from the springboard, indicating that there are two people in the water.Here, the waves are the characters.Natatorium straight plane, brown wall slightly white, palm trees sticking out of the wall motionless, no wind.The picture is frozen still, and the sound seems to have been sucked clean by the building.”When you take a picture of a spray with a camera, you condense that moment and it deteriorates.The human eye can never see the same splash as the camera, it is like a blink.I enjoy slowly sculpting the slices of time.”Hockney is undoubtedly one of the most influential masters of international painting today, and has been called “the most famous Living British painter”.In 1953, he studied painting at the Bradford College of Art for two years. Later, he studied at the Royal College of Art, London, where he won the Kinglers Prize. In 1966, he had a solo exhibition at the Kersmeen Gallery.He taught at the University of Iowa and the University of California in the 1970s.Influenced by the trend of modernism, he created a large number of etching prints, among which “The Prodigal Son’s Course” and “The Great Waves” were the most outstanding, attracting the attention of the art circle.During several trips to the United States in the 1960s, he began to shift to a realistic style.”Christopher Ishuwood and Don Bachardi” and “The Clarks” (the only living artist to be selected in the BBC’s 20 Greatest Paintings of 2005) are deeply philosophical and memorable.In 2011 David Hockney was named the most influential British artist in a poll of 1,000 painters and sculptors in the UK.On the first day of 2012, the Queen awarded Hockney the Medal of Merit, which was limited to 24 MEDALS, recognising his status as a “national treasure”.In 1968, hockney followed Hamilton to develop Popart in his early years. Popart was in its heyday in the United States in the 1960s, represented by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.They are characterized by the daily necessities of People’s Daily necessities as the painting object, using the method of collage and environmental design, the object image is fine and deformed, with the nature of advertising design, the screen display is cold and detached style.For decades Hockney drew on the characteristics of pop art and creatively incorporated them into his paintings.In his paintings, there is a slight distortion, both fine photographic realism, and deformation and exaggeration of the combination, that kind of subtle and subtle changes between people and existence, people and society hidden in his works.Art appreciation