what medium does david hockney use for his canvas paintings?
Stand before a huge image of Yosemite by David Hockney and see the artist’s rendition of wispy clouds hovering over midnight blue mountains. Look closer and see strokes drawn by a stylus on an iPad, and pixels from an inkjet printer.
“People from the village come up and tease me: ‘We hear you’ve started drawing on your telephone,’” Mr. Hockney said in a quotation displayed in the exhibition. “And I tell them, ‘Well, no, actually, it’s just that occasionally I speak on my sketch pad.’”
He said in his autobiography, “I love the idea first of all of painting like Leonardo, all his studies of water, swirling things. And I loved the idea of painting this thing that lasts for two seconds: it takes me two weeks to paint this event that lasts for two seconds.”
This early work by Hockney shows no sign of the slick landscapes or carefully observed characters that he would later develop. It is one of the first, however, to address homoeroticism, an important theme in his work. In a composition that resembles a child’s drawing, two figures kiss and embrace. Stylized, blocky forms and scrawled words offer symbols as opposed to descriptions of the encounter. Small horizontal lines of pigment run from one figure to the other, representing the erotic charge between them. A sketchy swathe of blue hints at a sense of place.
Painted in 1967, A Bigger Splash is perhaps David Hockney’s best-known artwork. What is it that makes this painting so iconic and seductive – and still very modern-looking fifty years after it was made?
David Hockney is one of the most popular and widely recognised artists of our time. For over sixty years he has enchanted audiences with his bold, colourful, and innovative art.
Without question one of the most well-established artists of his generation, he paints portraits, landscapes and scenes that are not too far removed from his own reality.
Born on July 9, 1937 in Bradford, he is the fourth child of a family of five. At the ripe age of eleven, he already sought to become an artist. A rebel at heart, he refused to join the army when drafted in 1957 and instead carried out his service to the country by working in a hospital for two years.
The David Hockney Foundation—both the U.K. registered charity 1127262 and the U.S.A. 501(c)(3) private operating foundation—was created by the artist in 2008. In 2012, Hockney, worth an estimated $55.2 million (approx. £36.1 m), transferred paintings valued at $124.2 million (approx. £81.5 m) to the David Hockney Foundation, and gave an additional $1.2 million (approx. £0.79 m) in cash to help fund the foundation’s operations. 
From 26 October 2013 to 30 January 2014 David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition was presented at the de Young Museum, one of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.  The largest solo exhibition Hockney has had, with 397 works of art in more than 18,000 square feet, was curated by Gregory Evans and included the only public showing of The Great Wall, developed during research for Secret Knowledge, and works from 1999 to 2013 in a variety of media from camera lucida drawings to watercolors, oil paintings, and digital works.