David Hockney was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in 1937. After attending the Bradford College of Art, he obtained a place at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1959, where he was tutored by both Ruskin Spear and Carel Weight. He graduated in 1962, and was awarded the Royal College of Art Gold Medal.
After a visit to the US in 1963, David settled in California, where he was to live for many years. He has more recently moved back to the UK, and lives on the Yorkshire coast.
Although by many being labelled as an instrumental member of the early Pop Art scene, in truth his work was and is far more accomplished than that would imply. From his very early years emulating the style of the Euston Road Group, through to the use of vibrant colour and depth of composition seen in his 2012 RA exhibition, David Hockney is justifiably recognised as one of the most important and influential painters of the last century, and this.
David was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1986, and a full member in 1991. In 1990 he was offered a Knighthood, which he turned down. He was, however, made a Companion of Honour in 1997, and awarded the Order of Merit in 2012.
Works by David Hockney can be found in public and private collections around the globe, including the Getty Museum, Tate Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.