Hockney is the definitive portrait of one of today’s most important artists, and arguably Britain’s greatest living artist, David Hockney. Already a engaging and remarkable subject, Hockney gives viewers access to never-before-seen home videos and a raft of recent interviews from the man himself, as well as from fellow artists like Ed Ruscha. The personal footage charts Hockney’s early life in working-class Bradford, through to his time at art school and subsequent moves to New York and LA. With these revealing snapshots of his life, we are given an insight into the man behind the brush. Not that he only uses a brush – Hockney has used fax machines, colour photocopiers, iPhones and iPads to create remarkable works.
From his infamously sexy, homoerotic California pools series to the devastating effect HIV had on his life and many of his friends, Hockney shows us how the artist has an ongoing desire to keep making work. It impeccably conveys the passion behind his art and the unique way he views the world. Having screened at London Film Festival and Outfest to rapturous audiences, you will be equally enamoured by this documentary gem.