David Hockney (born 1937) is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. Known for his photo collages and paintings of Los Angeles swimming pools and an important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.
As well as the versatility of his work, he is also known for his exuberant personality, easily recognizable with his trademark circular specs. Although he rejected the label “Pop”, much of his work contains references to popular culture and contains a good deal of humor. The Californian swimming pool was one of his favorite subjects, indicating his love-affair with Los Angeles and most memorably featured in the painting ‘A Bigger Splash’ (1967). In the Seventies his style became more traditional with a series of portraits of couples such as ‘Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy’ (1970).