Hockney's painting, drawing, print, photography and video work will all be celebrated in a show which covers his six decade career. Hockney's works are an important part of post-modernism. Parodical and self-reflective, his artistic repertoire encompasses a variety of themes and movements, from his early paintings of the 1960s which explored abstract expressionism, later to the wit of his portraits of his loved ones.

David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1971 Private Collection © David Hockney David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) 1971
Private Collection
© David Hockney

A true Yorkshire-man to the core, however, Hockney's travels - which are the subject of a documentary to air in April entitled Hockney - inspired him to paint the gorgeous landscapes of California. He also captured the West coast in his 'joiner' photographs, an example of how Hockney forever reinvents his art.

Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986 (Second Version), photographic collage David Hockney, Collection of the J Paul Getty Museum, LA Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986 (Second Version), photographic collage
David Hockney, Collection of the J Paul Getty Museum, LA

Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain said: 'David Hockney is without doubt one of Britain's greatest living artists. His practice is both consistent, in its pursuit of core concerns, while also wonderfully diverse. Hockney's impact on post-war art, and culture more generally, is inestimable, and this is a fantastic opportunity to see the full trajectory of his career to date.'

The retrospective has been organised with the Centre Pompidou and The Metropolitan Museum and will travel to Paris and New York.

David Hockney opens on 9th February 2017 - 29th May 2017 at Tate Britain. For more information, see here.

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