My favorite living artist is without a question British painter David Hockney. I love Hockney because he pursues what interests him and doesn't care what critics think. As well as painting, he has done set design, photography, iPhone paintings and just whatever moves him. He also spent a great deal of time investigating the "camera obscura" speculating that it was used by Renaissance painters to produce their photographic paintings. Check out his book "Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the lost techniques of the Old Masters" (2006)
When asked why some critics are dismissive of his work Hockney said, “There’s something art can do for the soul that you can’t really put into words”. He talks about the Museum of Modern Art Matisse show as an example--"it was unbelievable. It was pure joy…and joy is a great thing to give to people.” Yes, Mr. Hockney, it is.
MORE ON DAVID HOCKNEY
- Recent Interview: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/may/09/david-hockney-interview-cheeky-serious
- Official David Hockney website: http://www.hockneypictures.com/
- David Hockney does LA again: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jul/16/david-hockney-los-angeles-exhibit-painting-and-photography