David Hockney

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that is so awesome. when I was ten I used to write to tv stars & musicians & writers but artists are probably much less used to getting "hi I love your stuff!" letters from kids

your sketch is probably enough to have one hell of a vacation with if not retire, but I'd assume sentimental value will keep it in your house, eh?

Thomas Tallis (Tommy), Thursday, 22 June 2006 21:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
Scathing review -"his inexplicable decline" -by Brian Sewell of the new Hockney exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Over 160 works on show for £9 admission. I'll definitely be going along.

Bob Six (bobbysix), Friday, 13 October 2006 19:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

it got pretty bad reviews over here too

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 13 October 2006 19:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I love David Hockney. I was surprised to learn he started out as a Britisher. He's prolly my fave 20th cent. artist.

Abbott (Abbott), Friday, 13 October 2006 19:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the recent "early days of channel 4" thread reminded me of a program in which every week a famous artist fooled around with a very elementary computer paint program (this was around 1985-86) - most of the program then was an onscreen 16 colour mess of scribbles with the artist explaining what they were doing/how difficult is was to use - the whole thing was very zen to watch. anyway the only artist i remember being on it was Hockney, he was very engaging. damn, i wish there was some way of watching this again. a new series with for example Shrigley doodling away would be good too.

-- zappi (cfca...), June 22nd, 2006 5:28 AM. (joni)

someone to youtube this plz

s1ocki (slutsky), Friday, 13 October 2006 19:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I was surprised to learn he started out as a Britisher.

Am I missing something or are you genuinely surprised by Hockney's Britishness?

Venga (Venga), Friday, 13 October 2006 21:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Surprised yesterday to find the revised and expanded "Secret Knowledge" leaning on my front door. Only about 100 pgs in right now, but already loving it a lot.

Oilyrags, Thursday, 26 June 2008 13:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Still a hero. I'm far less interested in the exact tools he uses as I am in how he continues to explore possible ways of engagement via tools to hand that suit his interests and impulses best.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 22 January 2011 19:48 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like how she makes Bridlington sound like the edge of the world.

Magic Our Maurice! (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 22 January 2011 19:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

How can it not be with a name like that.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 22 January 2011 19:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

This thread considerably less busy than the current exhibition at the Royal Academy. Queue snaking outside the door into the courtyard and the rain.

Didn't like it much tbh. So little depth or subtlety. A few of them worked from a distance but when I approached I actually felt the canvas pushing back at me. Ok maybe they're not meant to work up close but I like to appreciate a bit of technique and there wasn't much on offer here.

i remember when there was time for klax (ledge), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 10:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Saw this the other night:


It was a little all over the place at times, like they weren't sure what kind of tone they were after, but what came through in the end for me were the interview clips with Hockney today. He's got an old man's bemusement and a glint in his eye that are very engaging. I don't think I realized he and Henry Geldzahler were so close.

clemenza, Thursday, 28 April 2016 11:50 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

He is 80 even though all the cigarettes - acrylic paint must have anti-cancer properties

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:05 (one year ago) Permalink

I was reading this book by Van Gogh where he is sayign how paint and canvases are kind of expensive but draking is teh cheap way to make art - NOT IF YOU NEED AN IPAD TO DO IT!

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:07 (one year ago) Permalink

anyone growing up in the filth and poverty of postwar Bradford might just become immune to death.

calzino, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Hasn't he gone a bit gammon in his dotage?

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:17 (one year ago) Permalink

AKA The Yorkshire Disease.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Doe she still have a floor at the Salts Mill in Saltaire? Worth a visit.

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:20 (one year ago) Permalink

it must take some effort to maintain a Yorkshire accent when you've been living in LA for 50 years!

calzino, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:21 (one year ago) Permalink

I have been wondering what is the biggest you can print something you make with a koala pad

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Idk, but you mentioned the acrylic paints and stuff, they are nothing compared to procion dyes. An Uncle of mine spent 30 years working with them and his nickname was Yellow Eddie!

calzino, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:30 (one year ago) Permalink

He wrote this in 2007

The amount of drugs advertised on television tells me what has replaced tobacco (although 20% still smoke): painkillers, Prozac and antidepressants, mostly prescription drugs - you just tell the doctor what you need. When prescription drugs are advertised in the press there is always a lot of small print listing side effects, and on television you get a speedy talking voice listing the side effects. You perhaps hear one word in four - paralysis, diarrhoea, death, headaches. I expect it all to come here. Drugs (legal and illegal) are the world's largest business, and one can understand why, since they make us feel better.

I think he might have a point. People need emotional crutches and cigarettes might not have been the worst one all things considered.

treeship 2, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:37 (one year ago) Permalink

"Hasn't he gone a bit gammon in his dotage?"

He came out as a Brexiter last year and did some shitty masthead for The S*n.

calzino, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:44 (one year ago) Permalink

Great painter and all time style icon though

treeship 2, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:46 (one year ago) Permalink

His lookalike and old pal Bennett was far more eloquant:
“I imagine this must be what Munich was like in 1938 – half the nation rejoicing at a supposed deliverance, the other half stunned by the country’s self-serving cowardice,” he wrote.

calzino, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:47 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm always pleased to see creative minds well compensated for their work instead of dying penniless and sad

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:48 (one year ago) Permalink

If it was a stark choice between dealing with Murdoch rag and living on the streets, then I'm afraid he's still going to the gulag!

calzino, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Wish I hadn't known he was a brexiteer tbh

“Brexit didn’t surprise me totally because I’d been living in provincial Britain,” he said. “The power has spread to the people because that’s what the iPhone has done.”


Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:58 (one year ago) Permalink

bring on Hockneycoin

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Friday, 9 February 2018 21:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Letting some tight old Yorkshire bastard start their own crypto-currency would be a terrible idea: It be ower brass, not yours lad, don't give me that tommyrot about global economies, pal. I've bin to Leeds.

calzino, Friday, 9 February 2018 21:51 (one year ago) Permalink

I saw the exhibit at the Met two weekends ago; it was impressive! I love turning Cezanne into ad man rendering of homoerotic flatness.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 February 2018 22:18 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

The Queen's Window by #DavidHockney and Barley Studios revealed!

More about the window on our website: https://t.co/BTSGjBnDAO pic.twitter.com/mVd0HYDFG6

— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) September 26, 2018

This has gone down about as well as you would expect.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Sunday, 30 September 2018 06:49 (seven months ago) Permalink

lol! They these ppl make Hockney seem like a radical, now some Gilbert and George would be perfect for that kind of setting!

calzino, Sunday, 30 September 2018 09:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

what would they have liked better? Something like gerhars richters cologne cathedral windows?

Trϵϵship, Sunday, 30 September 2018 12:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

It is pretty bad tbh

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Sunday, 30 September 2018 13:07 (seven months ago) Permalink


jmm, Sunday, 30 September 2018 13:17 (seven months ago) Permalink

I think Hockney has been bad for most of his career tbh.

calzino, Sunday, 30 September 2018 13:32 (seven months ago) Permalink

I mean, I actually agree with one of the replies to that tweet – there are numerous talented stained glass artists in Britain they could have used. Hockney has never done one in his life before, and it shows.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Sunday, 30 September 2018 13:39 (seven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

hockney is strangely undervalued i think#

― anthony easton (anthony), Thursday, 22 June 2006 08:54 (twelve years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink


My god, it's grim that that it isn't even one of his good paintings that broke the record.

I like Poeltls (fionnland), Friday, 16 November 2018 09:13 (six months ago) Permalink

£2.6mil is a steal. The Splash is so iconic it'll go for 3-4 times that in a decades time (if it comes up for auction again).

― jinx hijinks (sanskrit), Thursday, 22 June 2006 12:11 (twelve years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

3 or 4 times !

single bed mentality (||||||||), Friday, 16 November 2018 09:19 (six months ago) Permalink

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