In the end nobody knows how it's done - how art is made. It can't be explained. Optical devices are just tools. Understanding a tool doesn't explain the magic of creation. Nothing can.

David Hockney

David Hockney b. 1937

David Hockney is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and of the British pop art movement. A painter, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer, his unmistakable style breaks boundaries both in the rules of art and across multiple artistic movements. Born in 1937 in Bradford, England he studied at the Royal College of Art, but did not graduate on account of declining to submit an essay along with his final work. In the 1960s, his bright, figurative paintings of Los Angeles swimming pools accompanied by Californian landscapes as wells as personal subject matter including portraits of friends ignited his career. In 1963, at the age of 26, he had his first one-man show and in 1970 the White Chapel Gallery exhibited his first retrospective.

In the early 1980s, he began working in photocollage, or “joiners” as he called them, exploring movement and photography. In a recent 2016 exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, Hockney debuted a series of works created on the iPhone and iPad exhibiting his love for technology.

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Auction Results David Hockney

DAVID HOCKNEY, Red Celia (from the Moving Focus series) | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

Red Celia (from the Moving Focus series)

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $40,000
DAVID HOCKNEY, Cushions | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

Cushions

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $35,000
DAVID HOCKNEY, Cushions | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

Cushions

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $18,750
DAVID HOCKNEY, Warm Start | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

Warm Start

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $17,500
DAVID HOCKNEY, Man Reading Stendhal | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

Man Reading Stendhal

estimate: $8,000–12,000
result: $9,375
DAVID HOCKNEY, White Lines Dancing in Printing Ink | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

White Lines Dancing in Printing Ink

estimate: $2,500–3,500
result: $7,500
DAVID HOCKNEY, Hockney's Alphabet | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

Hockney's Alphabet

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,625
DAVID HOCKNEY, Old Guitarist from The Blue Guitar portfolio | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

Old Guitarist from The Blue Guitar portfolio

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,688
DAVID HOCKNEY, Hockney's Alphabet | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

Hockney's Alphabet

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $3,750
DAVID HOCKNEY, The Lake from Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

The Lake from Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $3,380
DAVID HOCKNEY, Rapunzel Growing in The Garden from Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

Rapunzel Growing in The Garden from Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

estimate: $800–1,000
result: $2,375
DAVID HOCKNEY, Ann in the Studio | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

Ann in the Studio

estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,000
DAVID HOCKNEY, The Lake from llustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

The Lake from llustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

estimate: $1,200–1,800
result: $1,875
DAVID HOCKNEY, Walking Man | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

Walking Man

estimate: $800–1,200
result: $1,375
DAVID HOCKNEY, Hockney's Alphabet | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

Hockney's Alphabet

estimate: $5,000–7,000
DAVID HOCKNEY, Ann in the Studio | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

Ann in the Studio

estimate: $3,500–4,500
DAVID HOCKNEY, Hockney on Photography with Unique Drawing | ragoarts.com

David Hockney

Hockney on Photography with Unique Drawing

estimate: $8,000–12,000