David Hockney's recent 2012 exhibtion at the Royal Academy, A Bigger Picture, has ensured his permanent standing in the art historical canon. The Bradford-born artist studied at the Royal College of Art, London, where he famously almost did not graduate - emeshed as he was in producing art, rather than writing about art.
He became internationally famous for his early 1960s and 1970s 'swimming pool' paintings, which he began producing upon his move to California in 1963. His work has evolved to incude large-scale landscape paintings of his native Yorkshire, as well as experiments with new media and technology such as i-pads.
Hockney's work is included in the several major collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the British Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art, the Hamburger Kunsthalle, and the Tate Collection.