David Hockney has worked with many different types of media. He started with very famous swimming pool paintings which got him going. In 2011 he was voted most influential British artist of the 20th century. Well as you can already tell he is from England. Born and raised. He was born in 1937 in Bradford England. He now works with photo collages.
In the painting Beverly Hills Housewife Hockney uses very sharp lines. Its almost like he wanted everything to be exact and sharp as he can make it. I notice he uses straight white lines in the glass to make it look like there is a reflection of the sun light on the window. I notice he also uses very bright colors to make things pop. I think he painted this to show that he likes fancy and more rich stuff. He calls it Beverly Hills, and that is very luxurious. He also has an older looking woman staring off into the distance? Maybe this is his mother looking at him while he is out playing in his yard? There is many different types of scenarios you can use for this painting. In the background on the way he seems to have what looks like an antelope mounted on the wall. I find that very interesting, because he looks like he lives in a more rich city house, but why is there a deer head there? Did he shoot it? Or someone else?
Again in the Portrait of an Artist, he makes a more luxurious painting. In this he has a man looking down into what you think would be a reflection, but is actually a different man in the water swimming. This painting is very interesting because we can’t really tell what he is thinking. Is he sad? Happy? Or confused? Again he uses bright colors to make the trees and the water pop out to show the quality. I find it very interesting that the man in the water happens to look like Jesus. I think it looks like Jesus because he has brown flowing hair and white skin, with a white diaper on. That’s the normal image you think of when you think of Jesus. But why is Jesus swimming underneath the guy? Does he think he’s better than him? I really enjoy the background of this. A little twist with a country valley in the background is kind of cool looking. What’s better than a pool over -looking a country edge.
In the painting The Road to York Through Siedmere , David makes a more cartoon-ish type of style. Here it seems he is painting vintage, maybe older looking buildings. The type of style he uses in this is very nice, because it shows a different type of flavor he can do. I like the way he did the road. In most paintings that have a road, they have it winding or going somewhere we can’t even see. But in this one you can see it winding down to make us wonder where it is. In the background however you can see it fading back. You can also notice that the houses are very close together, but yet they have trees growing right in their yard. Normally you don’t see that in a nice small relaxed city. I also like the house with the blue dome on the top. It adds flare and I think it would be cool to look up and see out of that every morning.
I overall enjoy Mr. Hockney’s art work. It reminds me of paradise or a very luxurious vacation. All of his art work uses great color section. He matches bright colors with bright colors, then if it’s a dull painting, he has a good eye for colors to use. I feel most of his paintings have some kind of sentimental value to him. And I think that is pretty cool to use a motivator in a piece of art.