Randall Wright, UK, 2014, 1hr 52mins
David Hockney, Arthur Lambert
Acclaimed filmmaker Randall Wright’s feature length documentary on Bradford born artist David Hockney was released in cinemas in 2014. For the first time, Yorkshire artist David Hockney had given unprecedented access to his personal archive of photographs and films, resulting in a frank and unparalleled visual diary of his long life.
As charismatic as ever, at 77 years old he was still working in the studio seven days a week. The documentary offers a unique view of this unconventional artist who is enormously popular worldwide.
An important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s, David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. He is perhaps most famous for his series of paintings of swimming pools, including 1967 work A Bigger Splash.
Randall met David Hockney while directing Shock of the Old, a BBC Omnibus film about major artists inspired by pictures in the National Gallery. The film chronicles Hockney’s vast career, from his early life in working-class Bradford, where his love for pictures was developed through his admiration for cinema, to his relocation to Hollywood where his life long struggle to escape labels (‘queer’, ‘working class’, figurative artist’) was fully realised.
Paradoxically, this escape to live the American Dream did not break the ties to the childhood that formed him. We see how his upbringing and life experiences give him the willpower to survive relationship problems, and later the AIDS epidemic, but also allow him to create some of the most renowned works of the past century.
Enrich your understanding of Hockney and his work and then view our David Hockney – Adventures in Print exhibition
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