David Hockney in the film Hockney directed by Randall Wright. Image courtesy of Northwest Film Center
PORTLAND, OREGON–Starting 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.
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.
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