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David Hockney

David Hockney is born on July 9, 1937. He attends the College of art in his hometown Bradford from 1953 to 1957, and the Royal College of Art in London from 1959 to 1962. He teaches at the Maidstone College of Art in London in 1962/63, followed by a stay in Iowa, where he is guest lecturer at the University of Iowa and at the University of Colorado, Boulder College in 1965. He then teaches at the California University in Los Angeles in 1966-67.

He has lived in Los Angeles since 1979, and is the most important English artist living today. The central theme of his paintings and prints is space: from the intimate close-up views of his early nudes to the broad panorama views of his monumental pictures of the Grand Canyon, executed in late nineties.

In a similar way, Hockney also investigates the temporal dimension of painting in all its extremes: from the momentary nature of a splash of water left behind by a bather after diving into the pool, to the meditative tranquillity and duration of a precisely composed still-life.