Spotlight on David Hockney with Hattie Bennett

Spotlight on David Hockney with Hattie Bennett


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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 particularly when reflected off a swimming pool. His portraits of his patrons and friends include the designers Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell capture (or set) the style of 1970s London. His later work abandons traditional artist techniques in favor of the camera, creating collages of landscapes and portraits. Most recently he has utilized the iPad, producing original images of landscapes. Hockney is also a prolific writer, with a keen interest in the creation of art by the old masters. He is now resident in Normandy, France where he documents the local landscape on his iPad, currently the subject of a sell-out show at the Royal Academy.

Led by an expert in Art History, Hattie Bennett, our conversation will overview 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.

This seminar is a part of an ongoing series featuring the world's greatest artists through the ages, for more in this series, please https://www.contextlearning.com/collections/timea-andrea-lelik?sort=created-ascending

Image rights and credits © David Hockney

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.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Nancy (Winter Park, US)
Enlightening presentation

I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture and learned a great deal! It was a pleasure!

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Maureen Shaw (Chestnut Hill, US)
Delightful 90 minutes about David Hockney

I really enjoyed this class about David Hockney. It was well organized, we were exposed to all aspects of his career, and it left me wanting to know more.

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Paul Rivard (Québec, CA)
An in-depth introduction

Fascinating artist, a fascinating talk...

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Anonymous (Santa Monica, US)
Presentation with some incorrect facts

a bit awkward.
She also needs to study more about LA.and David Hockney. I was surprised that she got Christopher Isherwood mixed up with Don Bachardy when talking about their double portrait. Don is looking strait ahead, and Christoper is looking at Don. Most of the prints she showed were done at Gemini GEL and that was the main reason why David spent so much time in LA. but no mention of the print workshop. In Fred and Marcia’s portrait, the sculpture in the middle that she could not identify was by William Turnbull (a British artist) whose work is found in Betty Freedman’s portrait. He always included the British artists works that he saw in those collectors’ homes. She did acknowledge that the image was cropped, missing the totem pole which is a major element of that painting. In the photographs, she could not identify the couple doing the crossword puzzle - they are Martin and Mickey Friedman, and he was the director of Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. These are published information, so she should know these facts if she is going to lecture.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
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Anonymous (Orinda, US)

Guest did not leave comment

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Nancy (Winter Park, US)
Enlightening presentation

I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture and learned a great deal! It was a pleasure!

M
Maureen Shaw (Chestnut Hill, US)
Delightful 90 minutes about David Hockney

I really enjoyed this class about David Hockney. It was well organized, we were exposed to all aspects of his career, and it left me wanting to know more.

P
Paul Rivard (Québec, CA)
An in-depth introduction

Fascinating artist, a fascinating talk...

A
Anonymous (Santa Monica, US)
Presentation with some incorrect facts

a bit awkward.
She also needs to study more about LA.and David Hockney. I was surprised that she got Christopher Isherwood mixed up with Don Bachardy when talking about their double portrait. Don is looking strait ahead, and Christoper is looking at Don. Most of the prints she showed were done at Gemini GEL and that was the main reason why David spent so much time in LA. but no mention of the print workshop. In Fred and Marcia’s portrait, the sculpture in the middle that she could not identify was by William Turnbull (a British artist) whose work is found in Betty Freedman’s portrait. He always included the British artists works that he saw in those collectors’ homes. She did acknowledge that the image was cropped, missing the totem pole which is a major element of that painting. In the photographs, she could not identify the couple doing the crossword puzzle - they are Martin and Mickey Friedman, and he was the director of Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. These are published information, so she should know these facts if she is going to lecture.