Hockney’s Pictures


‘A compelling narrative of the workings of a curious, intelligent, visually inventive mind at work … a book designed to instil pleasure and to lift the spirits’ Art Quarterly


ISBN: 9780500286715 Category:

David Hockney


The story of David Hockney, one of the most widely acclaimed of all living artists, is one of passion: passion for seeing, passion for telling, passion for images. But to these should be added passion for life. Hockney’s art is a celebration of what it is to be alive. All his pictures – sometimes tender, as when he draws close friends and family; sometimes playful, as in his paintings of lazy, carefree days at the pool; sometimes awe-inspirin, as with his monumental images of the Grand Canyon – convey what it means to be in the world, to see it, to move in it, to love it. This constant exploration of how to communicate such feelings through art emerges with particular clarity in this stunning, lively volume, which charts almost fifty years of extraordinary creativity.

Hockney’s Pictures is the first definitive ‘retrospective’ to show the evolution and diversity of Hockney’s prolific paintings, drawings, watercolours, prints and photography. The works, including many that are new and never published, have been selected and organized by David Hockney himself, and track his lifelong experiments in ways of looking and depicting.

Additional information

Weight 1561 g
Dimensions 22.3 x 23.4 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 14 November 2006
Number of pages 368
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 22.3 x 23.4 cm
Weight 1561 g


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David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. He has produced work in almost every medium - painting, drawing, stage design, photography and printmaking - and has stretched the boundaries of all of them. Born in Bradford, England, in 1937, Hockney attended art school in London before moving to Los Angeles in the 1960s. There, he painted his famous swimming pool paintings. In a 2011 poll of more than 1,000 British artists, Hockney was voted the most influential British artist of all time. He continues to create and exhibit art.