At 81, he’s as busy as ever. And having painted Yorkshire, Los Angeles and London, David Hockney is off to France.
The artist – one of many biggest British painters of the previous century – revealed he desires to color spring scenes there and can lease a home there within the spring.
Hockney, who final night time accepted a lifetime achievement award, defined: ‘It’s the solely factor I assumed I needed to do, to see the spring emerge over there.
‘There is no such thing as a spring in LA. I did all of the seasons in Yorkshire and it appears so proper to see it in France. Will probably be beautiful.
‘It makes me rise up and have a spring in my step, the considered having the ability to see spring with all its development and sweetness and to have the ability to report that.’
On a current journey to Normandy, he fell in love with the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry.
Hockney obtained his award from Queen Sonja of Norway on the Royal Academy in London, the place he was additionally offered with the Queen Sonja Print Award, the world’s main prize for graphic artwork – and made clear it’s no swansong honour.
Talking in his London studio this week, sporting a brilliant cardigan and neckscarf that will not have appeared misplaced in considered one of his works, he mentioned: ‘I’ve by no means felt higher or extra assured and someway I’ve an vitality which continues to be robust.
Olympic diver Tom Daley has stripped off for artist David Hockney. The charcoal drawing is now hanging within the Los Angeles County Museum of Artwork
Queen Sonja of Norway (proper) with David Hockney, recipient of the Queen Sonja Print Award 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award and Japanese Canadian artist Emma Nishimura, winner of Queen Sonja Print Award 2018, on the Royal Academy, London
‘I’ve to say that I nonetheless smoke. There could also be a connection.’
He says France is ‘much more smoker-friendly than England. The smoking ban is actually mean-spirited.’
Hockney revealed that he lately accomplished a portrait of the singer Ed Sheeran, that includes his quite a few tattoos.
In July, he unveiled a nude of Tom Daley, and the Olympic diver has posted an image on-line of himself together with his nude sketch.
Subsequent week, considered one of his most well-known works – 1972’s Portrait Of An Artist (Pool With Two Figures) – is predicted to fetch £60million at Christie’s in New York, a report for a piece by a dwelling artist.
And in March an exhibition of his artwork alongside the works of Van Gogh opens in Amsterdam.