Left: Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy. Acrylic paint on canvas, 1968. Private collection. Right: American Collectors (Fred & Marcia Weisman). Acrylic paint on canvas, 1968. The Art Institute of Chicago. Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick G. Pick.
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Celebrating David Hockney

The beloved octogenarian has dazzled us with his art for more than six decades—and shows no sign of stopping

The exciting “David Hockney” exhibition at The Met Fifth Avenue in 2017–18 was a resounding success. Scores of enthusiastic visitors flocked to the Museum’s galleries to explore this major career retrospective, where they encountered room after room filled with his trademark pulsating color, exuberant wit, and life-affirming aesthetic.

The New Yorker called it “a revelation,” while the Washington Post extolled it as “one of the delights of the season.” Though the show has now closed, the beloved artist is still at work on new paintings, digital drawings, and more.

Gallery view of “Large Interior, Los Angeles.” Oil paint, ink on cut paper, on canvas, 1988. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Natasha Gelman Gift, in honor of William S. Lieberman, 1989 1989.279

Born on this day in 1937 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, Hockney has pursued his singular career for more than six decades. The Met exhibition presented a wide range of work in all the varied media in which he has expressed his unique vision: painting, drawing, photography, collage, video, and kinetic digital drawings. As he turns 84 years old today, he is sure to keep surprising us with his extraordinary creativity and uncommon innovations.

David Hockney at The Met

Three iPad drawings in The Met galleries

Because the traveling exhibition was organized collaboratively with the Tate Britain, London, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, The Met was especially fortunate to be the only North American venue for this remarkable show—as well as the only authorized seller in North America of the paperback edition of the catalogue.

The paperback edition of the catalogue (right) is still available

Shop here to purchase the best-selling exhibition catalogue online, still available in the paperback edition. You will also find our exclusive Hockney poster reproduction.

Happy birthday, David Hockney!


  1. Author icon Nataiie K Cohen

    Happy Birthday, dear M.r Hockney,
    From the moment I saw your paintings back in 1975, I was smitten. I went to England to see your show at the old Tate and was thrilled. Luckily I am back in New York and so got to see your show at the Met.

    Many happy returns and keep painting and surprising us with your imagination and wondrous colors.

  2. Having been born in Los Angeles, and living in California all of my life, you’ve captured the city perfectly!! Color! Color! Color! The lines! The angles! All I can really say is: SMASHING!! Happiest of Birthdays ???? to you, Mr. Hockney!!! P.S. I.love your production of “Turandot”

  3. Happy belated Birthday. I first became acquainted with your work at the Modern Musem in Fort Worth. I have been studying your work since and am a fan. Thank you for your extensive contribution to art.

  4. Author icon (Mrs.) Brett Bell

    Happy Birthday, David Hockney,
    In the late Sixties, one of my art teachers at San Jose [CA] State University introduced me to your work and I have been a great fan of yours ever since. I own your little book of Grimm’s tales and a “Gregory Evans” litho.
    You have brought me much pleasure and inspiration and I thank you very much!


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