British painter, photographer, set designer
Hockney is ever experimenting, pushing the envelope of what can be art. He has produced images using photocopy and fax machines, as well as computers. At present Hockney lives in England.
*Hockney was born with color synesthesia, which means he sees certain colors as an involuntary response to musical stimuli. It is a common underlying principle in his designs for stage sets for various ballets and operas, in which he bases the background colors and lighting on the colors he sees while listening to the music of the theater piece he is working on. This synesthesia is shared with Eddie Van Halen, Duke Ellington, Franz Liszt and jazz pianist Marian McPartland. Fascinating.
Every day I have breakfast in front of one of Hockney's paintings from his "Paper Pools" series, done while he was living in California. There is no better was to grace a dining room, although I lament that mine does not show a human figure, as does the famous one below:
Peter Getting Out of Nick’s Pool (1967 acrylic)
This painting shows the communal swimming pool of an apartment block at 1145 Larrabee Street, Hollywood, just north of Sunset Boulevard. This was the home of one of Hockney’s friends, the art dealer and gallery owner Nick Wilder. Hockney’s lover, Peter Schlesinger (photograph below), a 19-year old painter whom he had met while teaching, is the naked figure climbing out of the pool (Hockney was 40 years old at the time). While living in California, Hockney created iconic images of the self-indulgent, poolside life of the American west coast.
Other homoerotic works by David Hockney: