By Martin Gayford

“Sumptuously illustrated, this radiant quantity encapsulates what it actually ability to be a visible artist.” ―Booklist

David Hockney’s exuberant paintings is very praised and generally celebrated―he is likely to be the world’s most well liked dwelling painter. yet he's additionally anything else: an incisive and unique philosopher on art.

This new version features a revised creation and 5 new chapters which conceal Hockney’s creation when you consider that 2011, together with arrangements for the larger photograph exhibition held on the Royal Academy in 2012 and the making of Hockney’s iPad drawings and plans for the convey. a tough interval the exhibition’s large good fortune, marked first by means of a stroke, which left Hockney not able to talk for an extended interval, by means of the vandalism of the artist’s Totem tree-trunk, and the tragic suicide of his assistant presently thereafter. Escaping the gloom, in spring 2013 Hockney moved again to L.A. a number of months later, Martin Gayford visited Hockney within the L.A. studio, the place the fully-recovered artist was once difficult at paintings on his Comédie humaine, a chain of full-length graphics painted within the studio.

The conversations among Hockney and Gayford are punctuated through superb and revealing observations on different artists―Van Gogh, Vermeer, and Picasso between them―and enlivened through smart insights into the contrasting social and actual landscapes of Yorkshire, Hockney’s birthplace, and California. 181 illustrations, 154 in colour

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Hockney’s old studio in the attic of the house near Bridlington’s seafront was fairly compact but strikingly ordered – as are his small studio in London and much bigger ones in Los Angeles. Some painters – notably Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud and the late Francis Bacon – prefer to work in a sort of cave of paint: a smallish room spattered and encrusted with the stuff. In contrast, Hockney’s workplaces are characterized by clean brushes arranged in pots, pigments set out in wide porcelain dishes, and on the floor scarcely a splodge of stray colour anywhere.

You almost never see another one, just occasional agricultural vehicles. I can take out large canvases, never meet anyone. Once in a while a farmer comes to talk and look. The whole of East Yorkshire is fairly deserted. Except for Hull, there’s no big city. Beverley is the county town; Bridlington is on the road to nowhere, meaning you’ve got to aim to come here. So I can paint here totally undisturbed. I enjoy this little bit of England very much. MG But why move now after all those years in California?

DH I’d been coming to Bridlington at Christmas to see my family for the last twenty-five years. My sister Margaret has lived here for the last thirty years. Even before my mother moved here when she was ninety, she and I would always come from Bradford and spend Christmas with Margaret here. As an unmarried son, I always came for the festivity. I couldn’t give an excuse. Painting Woldgate Woods, 4, 5 & 6 December 2006 Painting in situ, East Yorkshire, May 2007 Garrowby Hill, 1998 The Road to York through Sledmere, 1997 MG So why did you begin to paint Yorkshire landscapes in the late 1990s, pictures such as The Road across the Wolds and The Road to York through Sledmere [both 1997]?

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