David university, and homosexuality was illegal in England. He

David Hockney is a
contemporary artist at the age of eighty. He has been practicing art for around
sixty years. Hockney is an English painter, photographer, sketch artist,
printmaker, photographer, and even a stage designer. Recently he has worked
mostly on paintings. Now normally using the mediums, oil paint and acrylic
paint on canvas. Although he has worked with a range of mediums throughout his
life; he has been immensely influential in the abstract expressionism, realist
movement, and pop art movement. Hockney is held as one of the most influential
British artist of the 20th century. He has dedicated the majority of
his life to capture the perceived world within a two-dimensional picture plane.
Some of his more influential works incorporated his homosexuality, and were
painted in the younger years of his life. (Brian Kennedy) He was not shy to
paint what was seen as vulgarities at the time he created the artworks. We two Boys Together Clinging was
created in when Hockney was in his second year of university, and homosexuality
was illegal in England. He was inspired by a poem of the same name by an American
writer, Walt Whitman. (“Art Council Collection”) Hockney even wrote two of the
lines from the poem one the right-hand side of the work of art. Hockney often
mixed the used of an intentionally unrefined style and a strong, technical style.
(Brian Kennedy) The artwork outlined two crudely painted men hugging each other
tightly in front of a bathroom stall covered in graffiti. A work that used a
similar abstract expressionistic style was a painting by the name of The Third Love Painting. (Roberta Smith)
This painting also includes the two closing lines from another Walt Whitman poem
by the name of “When I Heard at the Close of the Day.” (Terry Riggs) Yet
different from the last painting this time the lines are across the painting;
made to look like graffiti on a bathroom stall. I believe that Hockney did this
to connect this painting with We two Boys
Together Clinging, and that the bathroom stalls are the same just from a
different angle. Both being connected by the fact they are each a stall, the
colors and styles are incredibly similar, and the connection of the two poems
being by the same author. The Third Love
Painting was created first, and I think We
two Boys Together Clinging was inspired by it. Hockney used this
graffiti-like style in these pieces to make people get close up and truly inspect
the artwork. (Terry Riggs) This is what forced people to get a true
understanding for Hockney’s art, and what he wanted the work to project. We two Boys Together Clinging and The Third Love Painting were very
different from many of his later works that took on a more naturalistic and pop
art inspired approach. Hockney’s other most famous works are the ones that
depict a swimming pool as one of the main subjects. He took inspiration from
the swimming pools of Los Angeles, California, and he painted idealistic paintings
of these pools with the use of enhanced colors and sharp architecture. (Roberta
Smith) Hockney having a great interest in the pools of water really influenced
how he created his art, and why he painted many of the images he did. One of
these influential pool pieces was A
Bigger Splash because this was one of his heavily Pop art and Cubism inspired
pieces. (Nicolas Pioch) This work depicted the point of view
from behind a desaturated yellow diving board, looking out at the pool with a
large splash captured and a house behind it. The fluid splash of water is
juxtaposed against the geometric lines of the house and the diving board;
creating the dynamic composition of the piece. Hockney was quoted saying “… And
I loved the idea of painting this thing that last for two seconds; takes me two
weeks to paint this event that lasts for two seconds.” (Nicolas Pioch) Hockney wanted
to photograph this short occurrence, yet his piece is impossible to merely photograph
within the perceived world. Some of his other pool inspired paintings had
subjects of different men interacting with the pools of water. (Brian Kennedy) This
was Hockney’s way of incorporating his love for pools with his preference for
men romantically, even if the models in the artworks were just friends and not
romantic partners. The faux pas of depicting homosexuality in his work and
capturing the short time of a splash of water with his interesting styles were
and still are celebrated because of the difficult, imaginative, and skillful
effort put into Hockney’s artwork.