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Richard Neutra is considered one of Modernism’s most important architects. Like other modern architects, he designed buildings using simplified shapes and forms. Some of his most famous structures are the Kaufman Desert House in Palm Springs, California and the Cyclorama Building in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Little Richard was born into a wealthy Jewish family in 1892.
His family lived in Hungary before most of them moved to the United States. His sister, Josefine, was an artist. Her drawings inspired Richard to study art. He went to school in Vienna before moving to America in 1923 and becoming a citizen in 1929.
Neutra was admired for his beautiful watercolor drawings. They were an architect’s response to the work of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Unlike those artists, Richard preferred to draw his travels. He drew people he met and the places he visited. Particularly during his trips to the Balkans in World War I.
In the United States, Neutra worked for Frank Lloyd Wright before moving to California to live and work with a college friend. In the early 1930s, Neutra trained several young students who also became successful architects.
In his own architecture business, Neutra earned recognition for his geometric but airy buildings. But he was especially respected for his ability to understand the real needs of his clients. Unlike other architects who liked to impose their own ideas on a client, Richard Neutra used detailed questionnaires to discover his client’s needs. The houses he built were a blend of art, landscape, and domestic comfort. They represented a West Coast variation of the mid-century modern houses that were becoming popular elsewhere in the country.
Richard Neutra died in 1970.
His son, Dion, kept his father’s office in Silver Lake, California and Neutra’s widow donated the Ven deer Leeuw House to the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. It is used today by the college’s Environmental Design students. Unfortunately, many of the other buildings that Neutra designed were destroyed after his death.
Modernism was revived in the 1990s though, and the respect of young architects gave new value to Neutra’s work. Some of those artists have even restored Neutra houses that had been falling apart. Thanks to those architects, historical associations, and thoughtful home owners; You can still see Richard Neutra’s work throughout California.
As an art teacher, I love teaching my students about architecture. I’ll seize any opportunity to prove that their art skills can be used outside the art room, and architecture is a gateway to furniture design, fashion, industrial design, and hundreds of other “unseen” art professions. Richard Neutra is an ideal artist to teach these things because (1) his amazing drawings prove that, YES, architects ARE artists, (2) he also designed some REALLY cool furniture, and (3), as a Modern architect, the simple shapes that he favored reinforce the most fundamental art skill: everything you see, no matter how complicated it looks, is made up of simple shapes. Oh, and (4) did I mention that he used to work right down the road from our school?
Portrait of Richard Neutra drawn by yours truly based on a self-portrait by Neutra and a fantastic illustration of him from the cover of Time magazine.
Georges-Pierre Seurat was a French painter best known as the founder of pointillism. His most famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, is an icon of modern art.
Georges was born into a wealthy Parisian family. He studied art with a sculptor before attending the Academy of Fine Art, École des Beaux-Arts. He served one year in the military then returned to Paris. For two years there, he devoted himself to mastering the art of black-and-white drawing. Then, in 1883, he began his first major painting, Bathers at Asnières. After his painting was rejected by the Academy’s Paris Salon, Seurat turned away from the establishment. He befriended other independent artists and, in 1884, they founded the Society of Independent Artists.
Seurat is a perfect example of artist as scientist. In his time, scientists were studying color, perception, and optical effects. To artists, Michel Eugene Chevreul was an especially influential scientist. His greatest contribution was a color wheel of primary, secondary, and tertiary hues. Chevreul realized that the ‘halo’ that one sees after looking at a color is actually the opposing or complimentary color. (After looking at a red object, for example, you can see a cyan echo of the original object.) By studying these effects, Chevreul discovered that two colors placed very close together will look like another color when seen from a distance. This discovery became the basis for modern color printing and for pointillism – in which small dots of pure color are painted in patterns to create an image. Seurat used this scientific approach to create vibrant, shimmering works of art.
Seurat also theorized that optical science could be used to create emotion in art. His theories have been summarized simply: Happiness is painted with an abundance of bright, warm hues, and by lines going upward. Calm is painted with a balance of light and dark, a balance of warm and cold colors, and by lines that are horizontal. Sadness is painted with dark and cold colors, and by lines pointing downward.
Seurat used these theories to create his masterpiece, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. It took two years to complete the 10 foot painting. Seurat painted about sixty preliminary sketches in the park before he finished the painting in his studio. The sketches can be found in museums around the world. The painting itself can be seen in Illinois at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Seurat got sick and died in 1891. He was 31 years old. His 500 drawings alone establish the painter as a master artist, but he is remembered today as a leader of the neo-impressionists, and, of course, as the father of pointillism.
For an art teacher, there is a lot to love about Georges Seurat. His mastery of color translates to any of many color theory lessons, and student studies of his work are always exciting to see. I like Seurat best though as an example of artist as scientist. Art students need to see how much research, practice, and experimentation goes in to a masterful work of art. Most importantly though, we all need to be reminded how how science, art, and other disciplines play off of each other and even overlap.
Lynda Barry is an American cartoonist and teacher best known for her comic strip, Ernie Pook’s Comeek, and What It Is, an instructional “autobiofictionalography” for which she won an Eisner award.
Linda Barry grew up in a diverse neighborhood in Seattle, Washington. Her parents divorced when she was 12. She changed her name to Lynda that year. While finishing high school, she worked seven nights a week as a janitor at a hospital. She went to the same high school as comic book artist, Charles Burns, and the same college as Simpsons creator, Matt Groening. Groening credits Lynda for teaching him that “You could do anything.” He published Lynda’s Comeek in their school paper. He even asked her to marry him according to one internet rumor. The two remain close friends, referring to each other in comics as “the Funk Lord of USA” and “the Funk Queen of the Galaxy.”
After college, Lynda Barry sold her comics to alternative newspapers like the LA weekly. She published a series of comic books, drew cartoons for Esquire, and appeared several times on Late Night with David Letterman. Her comics focused on telling funny, sometimes painful stories using unselfconscious, child-like cartoons. The artist described her first book, Boys & Girls, as “a lot of love information” drawn in the “crude style that has rocketed me into fame.”
Over time, Barry’s cartoons shifted focus from relationships to childhood. In books like My Perfect Life, It’s So Magic, and The Greatest of Marlys, Maybonne and her sister, Marlys, starred in stories loosely based on the artist’s childhood. Barry also wrote two novels, Cruddy and The Good Times Are Just Killing Me which was later turned into a play.
Barry’s work took another turn when she created a Zen comic strip for Salon.com. One! Hundred! Demons! was inspired by a Buddhist painting technique in which an artist waits for “demons” then paints them as they come. Barry’s demons included regret, abusive relationships, self-consciousness, and lice, among other things. The comics were more autobiographical than usual. They were drawn with a brush, and augmented with collage. The book also included instructions for readers who might want to try the one hundreds demon project. These changes set the stage for Barry’s next two books.
What It Is and Picture This might be considered the text books for Lynda Barry’s inspirational writing workshop, Writing The Unthinkable. She teaches the class fifteen times a year at colleges and writing conferences around the country. “We’ll be working with this question in mind,” Barry writes in the course description, “If the thing we call ‘the arts’ has a biological function, what is it?” The answer focuses on the emotional and physiological importance of play, and the ability of everyone to make art. The workshops pass on the writing and creativity techniques that Lynda learned from her own teacher, Marilyn Frasca.
Lynda Barry lives with her husband in Footville, Wisconsin. She works in “a free-standing, sun-filled studio overstuffed with scrap paper, art supplies and knickknacks given to her by students.” You can read her comics, buy her art, sign up for her classes, or check out her favorite Youtube videos on thenearsightedmonkey.tumblr.com.
It’s hard for me to pick a favorite piece by Lynda Barry because I have been affected by so much of her work. Visually, I definitely prefer her more recent, more colorful, more densely collaged books. Emotionally though, I am still moved by Maybonne’s observation that “You never know when the beautiful magic of life will happen to you. You never know when all the stars will fall from the sky.” And I am always inspired by joyful, spirited Marlys. Who just might be Lynda Barry’s alter ego.
I have read several descriptions of the transformative effect that the Dalai Lama has on people who meet him. People are calmed supposedly, awakened to joy, even inspired to live more compassionate lives. It’s weird to compare Lynda Barry to His Holiness, but I have met her several times and I have spoken with other people who have met her; The comparison in this case is apt. Even in brief encounters, Lynda Barry makes people feel special. She makes the world seem wonderful, despite the pain. She makes art and writing seem possible and necessary. More importantly, she inspires me to be kind and to do my best. As a teacher myself, I can not imagine a better role model. Lynda Barry is my hero.
Henri Matisse was the most important French painter of the 20th century. The leader of Fauvism, Matisse was especially famous for his bold use of color.
Believe it or not, Henri Matisse wasn’t interested in art when he was young. In fact, he studied law in school and graduated to work in a legal office. As a hobby, he sat in on drawing classes. When he got sick with appendicitis, Matisse taught himself to paint. First by copying pictures then by decorating his grandparents’ house. Eventually, he gave up his legal career to become an art student. He had a lot of different art teachers. One taught him technical skills, another encouraged him to find his own “personality,” and his final teacher forced him to leave school and become a professional artist. Even then, Matisse continued to visit art classes where he could learn more and more about printmaking, painting, and sculpture.
Unlike other artists, Matisse wasn’t interested in acting or dressing like the avant-garde. Matisse was only interested in working hard. “I plunged head down into work,” he said later, “I hurried up in my work, pushed by I don’t know what, by a force which today I perceive as being foreign to my life as a normal man.” This work ethic affected his entire career.
After all this schooling, Matisse enjoyed an immediate success. The French Government bought one of his paintings! After that, the artist became braver and more experimental. He travelled and met other painters. He used more intense hues and created “a minor scandal” with his unusual colors.
He made friends with other modern artists. His art was included in their shows, but he didn’t make very much money. His first one-man show was a failure. His wife, Madame Matisse, oped a dress shop to help support her husband and their three children.
Inspired by a trip to the Mediterranean Sea, Henri enjoyed an artistic breakthrough. He painted quickly and creatively with brave combinations of color. He created two famous paintings in this style, Open Winter and Woman with the Hat (which was a portrait of his wife). The paintings were shown with work by similar artists. Because of their “violent” use of color, a critic of the show called the artists, “Wild Beasts” or “Les Fauves” in French.
In no time at all, Fauvism was recognized as a new art movement. Matisse was acknowledged as its leader. Gertrude Stein, a famous art collector, began to buy Matisse’s art. With her support, the artist showed his work in Paris, New York, Moscow, and Berlin.
Fauvism didn’t last long. The “Wild Beasts” went on to become expressionists and cubists among other things. Matisse continued to love pure, vibrant color. He used that color and his many traditional art skills to simplify his drawing and create dramatic, playful patterns. He created sculptures, stained glass windows, and sets for plays and opera. He published books of black and white etchings, admired for their simplicity. He also wrote a book called Jazz. It recorded the artist’s ideas about art and life. Matisse illustrated the book with colorful paper collages, a technique he called “drawing with scissors.” The book later inspired Matisse to create similar cut-outs the size of murals.
When Matisse grew old, he was sick and bedridden. Some artists might be sad to be stuck in bed. Not Matisse, he worked from bed by drawing with crayons attached to a very long pole. His final compositions are some of his most joyful, daring, and skillful works of art. Matisse died in 1954.
As an art teacher, I could not invent a more inspiring subject than Henri Matisse. He was a master artist who never lost his taste for learning, creation, or experimentation. His sampling of numerous art forms could inform any number of studio projects. Most unusually, Matisse wasn’t even that interested in art until he was in his twenties; This is a historic invitation to every reluctant art student: It’s never too late to start!
Matisse created too many of my favorite works of art for me to ever pick just one. That said, his portraits are an ongoing inspiration to me and his paintings tell me again and again not to take myself too seriously. Study the man!
Portrait of Matisse drawn by yours truly
Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American street artist who achieved fame in the 1980s as an influential Neo-expressionist painter.
Jean-Michel was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1960. He learned to read and write by age four. By the age of eleven, Basquiat could fluently speak, read, and write French, Spanish and English. His teachers noticed his artistic abilities, and his mother encouraged her son’s artistic talent.
When he left home, Basquiat lived with friends and supported himself by selling homemade t-shirts and postcards. He and his friends began spray-painting graffiti on buildings in Lower Manhattan. They signed their poetic messages “SAMO.” A local paper published an article about the graffiti, but the SAMO project ended with the epitaph “SAMO IS DEAD,” inscribed on the walls of SoHo buildings.
In 1979, Basquiat started a “noise rock band” called Grey. He performed on tv, in music videos, and in night clubs like CBGB. A year later, Basquiat starred in a movie called Downtown 81 and was introduced to the famous pop artist, Andy Warhol. The artists became good friends and worked together on many art projects.
Soon after, Basquiat was included in The Times Square Show, a huge art exhibition. His paintings were dense painterly collages of words and images. They were covered with text and codes of all kinds: letters, numerals, pictograms, logos, map symbols, diagrams and more. Artforum magazine published a story about Basquiat called “The Radiant Child.” The story made Basquiat world famous as a Neo-expressionist. Neo-expressionists were sometimes called “The new wild ones” because their style was intentially rough and messy. The style emerged internationally as a form of uninhibited self-expression. By 1982, Basquiat was showing regularly alongside Julian Schnabel, Francesco Clemente, and Andy Warhol. He wore Armani suits when he painted, and often appeared in public in the same paint-splattered $1,000 suits. On February 10, 1986, he appeared on the cover of The New York Times Magazine.
Basquiat was an extremely successful artist. His paintings have sold for multiple millions of dollars. Several movies have been made about his life and art. Unfortunately, Basquiat was also lonely, sick, and frequently depressed. When Andy Warhol died in 1987, Basquiat became even more isolated. He died in 1988 from a drug overdose. He was 27 years old.
Basquiat’s Riding With Death (above) happens to be one of my all time favorite paintings. It may not look like much online but the actual painting is massive. The background is a field of broad and flowing gold brushstrokes. The figures seem to float upon it. In person, Riding With Death can set your mind adrift. I felt transported it.
Portrait of Basquiat drawn by yours truly.
Norman Rockwell was an American illustrator most famous for the covers that he painted for the Saturday Evening Post magazine.
As a child, Norman won a scholarship to attend the Art Students League. He received his first illustration assignment at age 17 and created artwork for various magazines from then on.
In 1916, he sold his first cover to The Saturday Evening Post. He illustrated 317 covers for the magazine over the next 47 years. The magazine provided him with an audience larger than that of any other artist in history.
During the First World War, he tried to enlist in the U.S. Navy but was refused entry because he was underweight. He spent one night pigging out, and he weighed enough to enlist the next day. Norman Rockwell was given the role of a military artist. His contribution during World War II was a series of posters that symbolized the goals of the war. The series was inspired by a speech by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in which he described four principles for universal rights: Freedom from Want, Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Worship, and Freedom from Fear. The Office of War Information reproduced and distributed the posters, and the U. S. Department of the Treasury promoted war bonds by exhibiting the originals. Rockwell himself considered “Freedom of Speech” to be the best of the four. One version of it can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
During the late 1940s, Rockwell spent the winter months as artist-in-residence at Otis College of Art and Design here in Southern California. His students there occasionally modelled for his Saturday Evening Post covers.
In 1977, President Gerald R. Ford presented Rockwell with the Presidential Medal of Freedom – America’s highest civilian honor – in thanks for the artist’s “vivid and affectionate portraits of our country.” Though loved by the public, Rockwell’s work was dismissed by some art critics. They considered his paintings too sweet, too idealized, and too sentimental to be taken seriously. Critics referred to him as an “illustrator” instead of an artist, but Rockwell didn’t mind because that’s what he called himself.
In his later years though, Rockwell received more attention as a painter. He chose more serious subjects like a series on racism for Look magazine. The Problem We All Live With, for example, was a painting of a young black girl walking to school defaced by racist graffiti.
In 1999, The New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl said of Rockwell in ArtNews: “Rockwell is terrific. It’s become too tedious to pretend he isn’t.”
Rockwell’s original paintings and drawings are collected and cared for near his home in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The Norman Rockwell Museum is still open year round.
Portrait drawn by yours truly
Alice Neel was known for her Expressionist portraits of both famous and ordinary people.
Neel was the fourth of five children. She grew up in Colwyn, Pennsylvania, a small town where she did not fit in. From an early age, Neel wanted to be a painter. To please her parents, she worked in clerical positions as a teenager. She found those jobs stifling though. So, she took art classes at the Moore College of Art, the first college of art in the United States for women. During her time in art school, Neel learned about portraiture and trained to be a figure painter.
In the 1930s, Neel’s career was funded by the Public Works of America Project and by the Works Progress Administration. Her painting style was not very popular. Abstract art was in style at the time. She painted people though, especially her family and neighbors. She also did some still lifes, landscapes, and cityscapes. Her paintings had an unfinished look. Since she rarely painted on commission, she painted however she wanted.
By the late 1950s, there was growing interest in Neel’s work. Her colors and approach became bolder. The New York Times wrote “She laid brush to canvas in a plain, straightforward manner, using the paint not fancily but simply to convey an image.” In the 1960s, Neel received attention because of the portraits that she did of famous people including Andy Warhol. One of her subjects, Red Grooms, told the Washington Post, “She was famous for her X-ray eye, and for her cruel, biting line, that killer line that describes everything.” Theodore F. Wolff wrote “As an artist, Alice Neel always spoke the truth… Confronted by reality, she preferred to depict it as it was rather than as it should be… regardless of whose feelings were hurt or whose ideals were offended.”
In 1974, Neel was the subject of a retrospective at the Whitney Museum. This exhibit brought her more of an audience. Because she was able to explain her art so well, she did lectures in the 1980s. She painted her two sons and their wives. She also painted several portraits that became covers for Time magazine. Near the end of her life, Neel continued to paint despite illnesses including cataracts. Despite the growing appreciation for her work, Neel still did not sell many paintings. By her death, she owned most of her work.
Neel died in 1984 in New York. Many critics believed she was underrated in her lifetime. This did not matter to Neel though. She painted for her own reasons. In 1982, Neel told the New York Times, “I’ve always been interested, I’ve always been curious, and I’ve always had a profession. Painting is an obsession with me.”
Neel’s life and works are featured in the documentary film “Alice Neel,” which was directed by her grandson, Andrew.
Portrait drawn by yours truly.
Frank Gehry is considered to be “the most important architect of our era.”
The young artist, born Frank Owen Goldberg, was encouraged by his grandmother with whom he built little cities out of scraps of wood. His use of corrugated steel, chain link fencing, and other materials was inspired by his grandfather’s hardware store. His mother introduced him to the world of art and he spent time drawing with his father. “But my father thought I was a dreamer…” Gehry said, “It was my mother who thought I was just reticent to do things. She would push me.”
Gehry moved to California in 1947. He got a job driving a delivery truck, and studied at Los Angeles City College, eventually to graduate from the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture. After graduation from USC in 1954, he spent time away from the field of architecture in numerous other jobs, including service in the United States Army. He even studied city planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for a year.
Gehry rejected the commonly held architectural ideas that form should follow function or that buildings should somehow reflect their environment. He was considered a “paper architect” until he designed his own home in Santa Monica, California. His intention was to “build a new house around the old and try to maintain a tension between the two.” The home, which is now a Los Angeles tourist attraction, jump-started his career. He achieved real fame years later when he unveiled The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Since then, he has earned countless urban commissions including his latest masterpiece, the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
In addition to architecture, Gehry has made lines of furniture, jewelry, various household items, and sculptures. He designed the trophy for the World Cup of Hockey. His company, Gehry Technologies, was responsible for innovation in architectural software. Gehry also teaches advanced design studios at the Yale School of Architecture and he is a Distinguished Professor of Architecture at Columbia University.
Frank Gehry lives in Santa Monica, California, and continues to practice out of Los Angeles. You can find him online at foga.com.
Portrait drawn by yours truly.
Claude Monet was a founder of the French Impressionist movement in which artists attempted to paint their immediate perceptions of a thing instead of the thing itself.
Monet was born in France on November 14, 1840. He began art school when he was eleven years old. People got to know him because he sold charcoal caricatures around town. He studied art from a series of skilled mentors. Eugene Boudin, for example, helped Monet master oil paints and the “plein air” techniques that artists used when painting outside.
In 1857, Monet left school to live with his aunt in Paris. He met many other artists while he was there. During a visit to the Louvre museum, other students copied the work of famous artists. Instead of studying the styles of other painters, Monet sat by the window and painted the view.
Monet enlisted in the French military’s First Regiment of African Light Cavalry. He was stationed in Algeria for two years before he got sick and came home. To get out of the army, he agreed to complete a course at art school. Thanks to his studies, Monet met Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frederic Bazille and Alfred Sisley. The artists shared their ideas about painting and taught each other to paint light en plein air with broken color and rapid brushstrokes. Their shared style later came to be known as Impressionism.
After the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War, Monet and his wife found safety in England. While there, he studied the works of John Constable and Joseph Mallord William Turner. Their landscapes inspired Monet’s use of color. He honed his skills during trips to Holland and an eventual return to France.
Monet’s work was refused by the Royal Academy of Art but, in 1872, he painted Impression, Sunrise. From the painting’s title, an art critic coined the term “Impressionism.” He meant the word as an insult, but the Impressionists liked it and used it as their name.
After the death of his wife, a grief-stricken Monet created some of his best paintings. He documented the French countryside in a series of landscapes and seascapes. He and his family eventually moved to Giverny. Monet designed a large garden there with water lilies, a pond, and a bridge. He enjoyed painting nature in controlled environments. So, he adjusted the garden frequently so that he would always have something new to paint.
The colors of Monet’s paintings changed in the final years of his life. They became reddish when he suffered from cataracts in his eyes, then they became much bluer after eye surgery enabled him to see more ultraviolet colors than most people can perceive.
Claude Monet died in 1926. A retrospective of his work toured the world and established his public appeal. His epic scale and stylistic innovation inspired Abstract Expressionist painters like Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock. Monet is still one of the most important figures in the modern art world. He offered this bit of wisdom for future artists: “I would advise young artists… to paint as they can, as long as they can, without being afraid of painting badly.”
Portrait drawn by yours truly.
David Hockney was born in 1937 and is famous for his portraits, paintings, and photomontages. He is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century.
While still a student at the Royal College of Art in England, the young artist was featured in an exhibition that announced the arrival of British Pop Art. He became associated with that movement but he went on to explore many ideas and styles.
Hockney travelled to America in the 1960’s. During his visit to Los Angeles, he was inspired to paint swimming pools. He used a new medium, acrylic paint, to create vibrant, expressive images. They combined Cubism and Realism to capture the electric beauty of moving, sunlit water.
Soon after, Hockney was working on a painting of a living room in L.A. He took Polaroid photographs of the room and glued them together for reference. When he saw the photos all together, he realized that they told a story. The collected images made viewers feel like they were moving through the living room. After this discovery, Hockney stopped painting for a while so that he could create more of these photomontages. He called them “Joiners.”
Hockney returned to painting with a fresh appreciation of Cubism and how human vision works. He made prints, portraits of friends, and designed sets for the Metropolitan Opera House. Then, in 1998, he used the lessons he learned from his Joiners to create a masterwork; A Bigger Grand Canyon is a series of 60 paintings that combine to create one enormous picture of the Grand Canyon. The piece was sold to the National Gallery of Australia for $4.6 million.
Hockney continues his investigations of photography, technology, human vision, and art. In 1985, he accepted an invitation to draw with the Quantel Paintbox, a computer program that allowed the artist to sketch directly onto the monitor screen. The technology helped lay the groundwork for modern computer design programs like Photoshop. In 2001, Hockney presented his theory that Old Master artists might have used a special device called a camera obscura to create some of the world’s most famous paintings. The idea made a lot of people angry but it did show how artists used photographic technology as early as the Renaissance. Since 2009, Hockney has made drawings using the Brushes application on his iPhone:
“It’s always there in my pocket,” Hockney said. “One can set to work immediately, there’s this wonderful impromptu quality, this freshness, to the activity; and when it’s over… you hit Send, and your little cohort of friends around the world gets to experience a similar immediacy. There’s something, finally, very intimate about the whole process.”
David Hockney continues to live and work in London and Yorkshire in England. His art appears in galleries and museums around the world. You can keep up with the artist and his work online at Hockneypictures.com.
Portrait drawn by yours truly.