As prolific as he is innovative, it truly is an impossible task to summarise his career up to now with just a small selection of paintings. This section attempts to do that, capturing many of his finest portraits, landscapes and still life artwork. The extraordinary productivity of this Pop Art painter ensures that much of his work can be seen in person, despite the incredible popularity that his career in now enjoying. Two major categories of his work were inspired by his time living on both sides of the pond, offering the familiar palette of the Yorkshire countryside and the warmer tones of the American west coast. Hockney has grown in confidence as his career has gone on and now regularly attempts works on a very large scale, combining up to 50 canvases together in order to give a truly momentous visual impact when a viewer sees the work in person.
This innovative British artist has continually re-invented himself, such as embracing modern technology of late. iPad sketches took a prominent position in a recent exhibition and Hockney has also made use of other digital mediums such as video. There has also been the appearance of the French countryside, partly forced due to covid, but this again has brought in another exciting body of work for an artist who refuses to stand still. That said, he will always be regarded as a master of landscape and portraiture, and these two genres have dominated his oevure for the past few decades. Recent exhibitions of his work have been exceptionally popular, underlining how the public have continued to enjoy his work. There have also been a number of publications in recent years, far more than any other living artist, and these have focused on specific strands of his career, such as a spell working within a particular region.
Aside from the memorable landscapes, there have also been a large number of charming portraits in which Hockney has delivered some intimate portrayals of friends and family. He has consistently played with different arrangements of figures, both indoors and also in garden settings at the like. Some of his work featuring swimming pools within the 1960s and 1970s provide major highlights from his career and the sight of bright blue water within the hot climate of the US seemed ideally suited to his Modernist style of art. These depictions also helped us to understand more about his own lifestyle, though in recent decades he seems to have become more interested in landscape art. Hockney owns several different properties across the world and used these as a base to capture the natural beauty of each region, always managing to deliver a positive, upbeat image of his local landscape.