As a painter naturally I have an innate interest in other artist’s work. Whether simply admiring their talent or being subconsciously influenced by their style it has all contributed to the formation of my artistic taste.
Over the next blogs, I am going to write about those artists whose work is definitely on my list of artists whose work I have admired and been influenced and motivated by over the years.
The first on my list is David Hockney. When I first met him he had already painted a good number of his American paintings, ‘A Bigger Splash’ etc. Hockney’s love of colour, clean lines and emotional resonance displayed in these works was very much to my artistic taste. The simplicity of the subject matter, highlighted by maybe a few significant props, makes Hockney’s work full of style and it remains timeless in its genius, from his portraits of Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy to his large scale Normandy ipad images.
‘Husbands’ is a favourite of mine, painted for my friends Dan & Steve and I think it can be compared favourably with this work by Hockney. It would seem that my vision of the world now is similar to what Hockney’s was then. Dan & Steve had been together for over 20 years and this painting was commissioned shortly after their wedding, hence the title ‘Husbands‘ and was my contribution to the normalisation of same-sex marriage. I thought it was a brilliant composition and found it technically rather challenging but the result was a success and my clients loved it.
I have been called a ‘true aesthete’ which is flattering as I would say that is what Hockney truly is, his work has an air of modernity, no matter when painted. My goal as a painter is also to create beautiful images which act directly on the visual sense and which appeal to one’s innate aesthetic sensibility. No doubt I have been influenced by some of Hockney’s style but he is only the first artist of many who have had an effect on my artistic sensibilities.