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David Hockney: The Artist's Life with Hattie Bennett

David Hockney: The Artist's Life with Hattie Bennett


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Considered one of the greatest living British artists and one of the first British “Pop” artists, during this webinar, you’ll learn about his life, techniques, and the creation of his unique style from an engaging expert in Art History.

David Hockney, born in Yorkshire in 1937, is regarded by many as the greatest living British artist. Recognized as one of the first British "Pop" artists, a style he developed whilst a student at the Royal College of Art in London, we will discuss his synthesis of American subjects with his own very British style. 
In 1964 Hockney moved to Los Angeles inspired by dazzling images of sunshine, most notably when reflected off a swimming pool. His portraits of his patrons and friends, including the designers Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell, captured (or set) the style of 1970s London. His later work abandoned traditional artist techniques in favor of the camera to create collages of landscapes and portraits. Most recently, he has utilized the iPad to produce original images of landscapes. Hockney is also a prolific writer with a keen interest in the creation of art by the old masters. He now resides in Normandy, France, where he documents the local landscape on his iPad and is currently the subject of a sold-out show at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Led by an expert in Art History, Hattie Bennett, our conversation will provide an overview of the life and work of British artist (and Los Angeles resident) David Hockney. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travel plans, the participant will come away with an increased understanding of the development of Hockney's career, his themes, and the narrative timeline of his life.
As you watch the presentation, we encourage you to think about these questions:
  1. Was Hockney's confidence a result of his family background?
  2. Is his modest background a common theme in 20th-century art?
  3. Did he succeed in becoming the "Piranesi" of California
  4. Can you see Hockney's depth of knowledge and interest in the History of Art in his paintings? Can you think of other contemporary artists who do the same?
  5. What is the role of technology in the development of Hockney's art?
  6. Which of his periods do you find most appealing?

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Hattie has a degree in History of Art and an MA in Historic Interiors, she has a life-long passion and fascination in Fine and Decorative Arts, particularly works produced in Europe from the 16th to 18th century. After working for the Royal Collection in the Print Room at Windsor Castle, she was a curator for a private collector of 17th and 18th century prints and drawings. Hattie has worked for London's foremost framer of important old master paintings during which time she sharpened her appreciation and understanding of the decorative arts and the changing tastes of collecting. Recently she has been dealing in prints and works of art as well as taking groups of all ages to museums and galleries.

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60 minutes

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