David Hockney, OM CH
b.1937 English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer.
Hockney: At the Royal College of Art, Hockney featured in the exhibition Young Contemporaries — alongside Peter Blake, that announced the arrival of British Pop art. He was associated with the movement, but his early works display expressionist elements, not dissimilar to some works by Francis Bacon. When the RCA said it would not let him graduate in 1962, Hockney drew the sketch The Diploma in protest. He had refused to write an essay required for the final examination, saying he should be assessed solely on his artworks. Recognising his talent and growing reputation, the RCA changed its regulations and awarded the diploma. Hockney continues to surprise his audience with invention and reinvention. Themes long established such as the male figure and landscape, american and british in different media including painting, drawing and photography. Recently awarded the privilege of a one man show at the RA London 2012.