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Hockney: Artistic Career and Quest to Escape Labels

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Hockney: Artistic Career and Quest to Escape Labels

David Hockney in the film Hockney directed by Randall Wright. Image courtesy of Northwest Film Center

FILM: Randall Wright’s film delves into the life of famous artist David Hockney

David Hockney at work on one of his paintings

David Hockney at work on one of his paintings. Image courtesy of Northwest Film Center

PORTLAND, OREGONStarting from Thursday, art lovers will get the opportunity  to see the life and works of  artists in a film series that the Northwest Film Center  at Portland Art Museum has titled On Art and Artists. One of the films is Hockney directed by Randall Wright. To be presented on Sep 17, 2015, the film draws on the treasures trove of photographs and home movies to bring to life the celebrated career and life of this famous artist.

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Considered one of the most charismatic, inquisitive, and exciting figures in contemporary art, the 113 min film traces the career of  the celebrated artist and his life history from his early life in working-class Bradford, where his love for pictures was developed through his admiration for cinema. There is particular focus on his relocation to Hollywood where his life long struggle to escape labels such as  ‘queer,’ ‘working class,’ ‘figurative artist’ was finally overcome. The focus on the  struggle to overcome the labeling, even as he focused on his artistic career, gives this film credence.

Over the years, Hockney has remained true to his roots. In the film, the artist talks about his art, friends, lovers childhood experience, source of inspiration and dreams. At 77 the artist is humorous and filled with vitality.  Even as he continues work in his Los Angeles studio seven days a week, the artist is still vivacious undiminished.

HOCKNEY Official Trailer (2014) Randall Wright

HOCKNEY: Youtube

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