David Hockney, English Artist ( July 9, 1937 - )

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Listening is a positive act: you have to put yourself out to do it.~David Hockney

Positive Yourself You

Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer and clearer still, until your eyes ache.~David Hockney

Eyes Drawing You

Anything simple always interests me.~David Hockney

Simple Me Always

Smoking calms me down. It's enjoyable. I don't want politicians deciding what is exciting in my life.~David Hockney

Life My Life Me

What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing. You wouldn't be an artist unless you wanted to share an experience, a thought.~David Hockney

Art Experience People

Enjoyment of the landscape is a thrill.~David Hockney

Landscape Enjoyment Thrill

Drawing is rather like playing chess: your mind races ahead of the moves that you eventually make.~David Hockney

Chess Mind Drawing

Art has to move you and design does not, unless it's a good design for a bus.~David Hockney

Art Good Design

I prefer living in color.~David Hockney

Color Living Prefer

I had always planned to make a large painting of the early spring, when the first leaves are at the bottom of the trees, and they seem to float in space in a wonderful way. But the arrival of spring can't be done in one picture.~David Hockney

Art Spring Space

Shadows sometimes people don't see shadows. The Chinese of course never paint them in pictures, oriental art never deals with shadow. But I noticed these shadows and I knew it meant it was sunny.~David Hockney

Art People Shadow

Photographs aren't accounts of scrutiny. The shutter is open for a fraction of a second.~David Hockney

Open Fraction Photographs

When you are older, you realise that everything else is just nothing compared to painting and drawing.~David Hockney

Painting Nothing Drawing

The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty, you know you're an artist.~David Hockney

Art Beauty Moment

I actually think the deafness makes you see clearer. If you can't hear, you somehow see.~David Hockney

You Think See

The photograph isn't good enough. It's not real enough.~David Hockney

Good Real Enough

What I didn't know was I was deeply attracted to the big space.~David Hockney

Art Space Know

I draw flowers every day and send them to my friends so they get fresh blooms every morning.~David Hockney

Morning Flowers Day

East Yorkshire, to the uninitiated, just looks like a lot of little hills. But it does have these marvelous valleys that were caused by glaciers, not rivers. So it is unusual.~David Hockney

Rivers Hills Valleys

I do do a lot of talking, because it saves me listening.~David Hockney

Listening Me Talking

I'm a very early riser, and I don't like to miss that beautiful early morning light.~David Hockney

Morning Beautiful Light

All painters are interested in photography to a certain extent.~David Hockney

Photography Certain Extent

People tell me they open my e-mails first, because they aren't demands and you don't need to reply. They're simply for pleasure.~David Hockney

People Me You

And then I went round the corner and there's a Van Gogh portrait, and you just think, well, this is another level. A higher level, actually. I love the Sargent, but it's not the level of Van Gogh.~David Hockney

Love Portrait You

Being able to draw means being able to put things in believable space. People who don't draw very well can't do that.~David Hockney

Space People Well

I've always wanted to be able to paint the dawn.~David Hockney

Dawn Paint Always