Today’s broadcast features a profile on David Hockney, considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. We look at his early suites of etchings, Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm and Illustrations for Fourteen Poems from C.P. Cavafy. We’re also treated to a glimpse of a one-off, homemade book of inkjet prints made by Hockney himself, his posters and the recent Taschen Sumo book, David Hockney: A Bigger Book. Potter, Nic Collins talks about rescuing pots from the kiln and Max presents a show of some of his work.
Hockney was born in Bradford in 1937. He was a brilliant draughtsman, the best known painter of his generation, and gained international success in his mid-20s. Hockney attended Bradford School of Art and Royal College of Art, where he was awarded a Gold Medal for Etching. Having settled in Los Angeles he held various teaching posts in America and was Slade Professor of Fine Art, Cambridge University.
Hockney’s work is held in galleries internationally and he has had a continuous stream of one-man shows around the world. Notable works for the printed page are his illustrations for Cavafy’s Poems, 1967, and Six Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, 1969. He was elected RA in 1991 and was made Companion of Honour in 1997.
Nic Collins was born in 1958 in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. A self-taught potter and woodfirer, he started building kilns and wheels during his late teens and early 20s, experimenting with raku, salt glazing and sawdust firings, and using clay sourced from local river banks.
He studied studio ceramics at Derby College of Art 1985-86 and then went on to work in potteries in Italy and Germany before returning to the UK. He now lives and works in Devon, on the edge of Dartmoor.