Hockney's Pictures

David Hockney

The definitive retrospective of one of the world's most popular and acclaimed artists.

The story of David Hockney is one of passion: passion for seeing, passion for telling, passion for images. But to these should be added passion for life. Hockney's art is a celebration of what it is to be alive. All his pictures—sometimes tender, as when he draws close friends and family; sometimes playful, as in his paintings of lazy, carefree days at the pool; sometimes awe-inspiring, as with his monumental images of the Grand Canyon—convey what it means to be in the world, to see it, to move in it, to love it.

This constant exploration of how to communicate such feelings through art emerges with particular clarity in this stunning, lively volume, now updated to include recent works which have been selected and organized by Hockney personally, and track his lifelong experiments in ways of looking and depicting.


A compelling narrative of the workings of a curious, intelligent, visually inventive mind at work.

— The Art Quarterly

From between the covers springs all the brightness and energy of the prolific output of this most exuberant and yet sensitive artist.

— The Times


David Hockney


David Hockney is one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century. He has produced work in almost every medium—painting, drawing, stage design, photography, and printmaking—and has stretched the boundaries of all of them. His previous books include David Hockney's Dog Days and Hockney's Pictures, as well as his books in partnership with Martin Gayford, including A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen and Spring Cannot Be Cancelled: David Hockney in Normandy. He continues to create and exhibit art, and to inspire enormous affection and admiration worldwide.