I’d like to just work and paint and to be able to smoke and eat in a restaurant at the same time. Thank God for Normandy. The French know how to live. They know about pleasure. -David Hockney
David Hockney moved from London to California in 1964. He’s done a lot of traveling, but for 55 years he used his studio in the Hollywood Hills as his home base.
At age 82, Hockney has decided to move to Normandy, France. In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Hockney says that he wakes up early to watch the sun rise before working in his studio all morning. Then he has a four-course lunch at a nearby cafe that costs 13 euro…about $14…takes a nap and then gets back to work.
Hockney is getting ready for a show of his new work at the Pace Gallery in Manhattan this fall.
“I’ve smoked for more than 60 years,’ he says. ‘But I think I’m quite healthy. I’m 82. How much longer do I have? I’m going to die of either a smoking-related illness or a non–smoking-related illness.”
David Hockney at Christie’s
A few weeks ago, David Hockney’s Sur la Terrasse painting sold for $29,501,250 at Christie’s.
The painting was done in 1971, based on a photograph that Hockney took of his former partner, Peter Schlesinger, on the balcony of the La Mamounia Hotel in Morocco. Another close friend, British fashion and textile designer, Celia Birtwell, was also on the trip.
Hockney often included both Schlesinger and Britwell in his works, and used vacation photos for inspiration.
One of his portraits of Celia appeared on a 1984 French Vogue cover. The cover portrait was done around the same time as Celia With Green Hat, which is available at VFA.
David Hockney’s Digital Work
David Hockney had his suits custom tailored so that he could fit a sketchbook into the pocket of his suit jacket. These days he carries an iPad that fits the pockets perfectly.
His digital works are currently on display in two very different venues…one in the U.S. and one in the UK.
David Hockney’s Yosemite is on view at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Hockney first visited Yosemite in 1982 and returned, with his iPad, in 2010 and 2011. The works he did of Yosemite are on display alongside baskets made by the reverence women from the Miwok and Mono Lake Paiute tribes.
David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry will be on display through April, 2020.
Closer to his birth home, Hockney’s iPad paintings of the Yorkshire countryside are on display at the Salt Mill in Saltaire, West Yorkshire.
David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring will be on view through May 6, 2020.
David Hockney’s Works at VFA
My Shirt and Trousers is one of David Hockney’s finest iPad drawings. Please contact us if you would like more information about My Shirt and Trousers, Celia With Green Hat or any of the other fine works available at VFA.
Naomi Rea. The Subject of a David Hockney Portrait That Could Fetch $45 Million at Christie’s This Week Finds His Unwanted Fame ‘Pretty Tedious’. artnetnews. November 12, 2019.
Terry Tang. Hockney works, tribal baskets highlight love of Yosemite. The San Diego Union-Tribune. October 27, 2019.
Daily Mail. Artist David Hockney leaves Los Angeles after 55 years to live out the rest of his days in France because he can ‘smoke in restaurants’ and the French ‘know how to live’. November 27, 2019.
Roy Hattersley. David Hockney: home is where the art is. The Telegraph. November 26, 2019.