Profile of David Hockney

He’s Bradford born and bred and lives mainly in the States these days, but the heart of the man who can probably lay claim to the title of world’s favourite living artist lies very much in East Yorkshire.

David Hockney is an astonishing polymath: painter, printmaker, photographer, stage designer and draughtsman. He keeps homes in London and California – and yet until very recently his preferred residence was in Bridlington, just up the road from Cottingham, the home of the Artmarket Gallery.

Born in Bradford in 1937, where he studied at the local College of Art, Hockney’s early work depicted the glitterati of London (Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy) and sun-drenched Californian idylls, with towering palm trees and shimmering swimming pools a major feature (A Bigger Splash).

But in his later years, he turned to depicting the more muted visual pleasures of his beloved East Yorkshire Wolds – images such as the epic Bigger Trees Near Warter feature in the Tate’s 2017 retrospective of his work, the gallery’s fastest-selling exhibition ever.