The World According to David Hockney


This book is not yet published, but will be available from August 2024.

ISBN: 9780500027042 Category:

David Hockney, Martin Gayford


A collection of legendary British artist David Hockney’s insights into art, life, nature, creativity and much more.

‘I’ve always been a looker … that’s what artists do’

This anthology of quotations by David Hockney follows in the successful format of ‘The World According to’ series. Ranging across topics including drawing, photography, nature, creativity, the internet and much more, The World According to David Hockney offers a delightful and engaging overview of the artist’s inimitable spirit, personality and opinions.

From everyday observations – ‘The eye is always moving; if it isn’t moving you are dead’ – to artistic insights such as ‘painted colour always will be better than printed colour, because it is the pigment itself’, as well as musings on other image makers, including Caravaggio, Cézanne and Hokusai, Hockney has a knack for capturing profound truths in pithy statements.

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, and since then has embraced a range of media including photocollage, video and digital technologies. In a 2011 poll of more than 1,000 British artists, Hockney was voted the most influential British artist of all time.

Presented as a beautifully designed and attractive package, illustrated with works of art from throughout Hockney’s career, this is the perfect gift for art lovers everywhere.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 12 x 17 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 27 August 2024
Number of pages 176
Format Hardback
Dimensions 12 x 17 cm
Weight 300 g


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David Hockney is 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. His groundbreaking Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters is published by Thames & Hudson, as are his books in partnership with Martin Gayford: A Bigger Message (2011), A History of Pictures (2016) and Spring Cannot be Cancelled (2021). Born in 1937, he continues to create and exhibit art, and to inspire enormous affection and admiration worldwide. Martin Gayford is a writer and art critic. His books include Man with a Blue Scarf (about the experience of being painted by Lucian Freud), Modernists and Mavericks, Shaping the World (with Antony Gormley), Love Lucian: The Letters of Lucian Freud, 1939-1954 (with David Dawson), and Venice: City of Pictures, all published by Thames & Hudson.