David Hockney studied from 1953 to 1957 at the Bradford School of Art, where he began as a painter who made canvases with an anecdotal character. In 1964 he settled in California where he developed a more realistic way of painting. From then on, he no longer used oil paint, but only worked in acrylic paint. Common themes in his work are swimming pools, portraits and landscapes. One of his most famous works is the canvas A bigger splash (1967) on which a swimming pool can be seen. But he also often painted his two dachshunds Boogie and Stanley, expressions of homosexual love and still lifes.
A few years later he began to process photographs in his paintings, a start of numerous collages consisting of photographs brought together in a cubist way. The aim of these collages was to show that simple images are limited: in a standard photograph it is never possible to capture what someone sees when he looks at a spatial object.
In the 1990s, after the death of his mother, Hockney returned with his partner to Yorkshire, England, after which he began painting the characteristic landscape there.
Van Hockney is known to have synaesthesia, a characteristic in which music or words can be seen or tasted as colors.
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