DAVID HOCKNEY | STYLE– TAKE WHAT YOU WANT, AND DON’T LET IT TRAP YOU

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“The moment you cheat for the sake of beauty– you know you’re an artist.”

–David Hockney

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(Lt.) Artist David Hockney — image King Collection/Retna LTD (Rt.) Art Card by Simon Fieldhouse

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“Style is something you can use, and you can be like a magpie,  just taking what you want.  The idea of the rigid style seemed to me then something you needn’t concern yourself with, it would trap you.”

–David Hockney

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David Hockney’s philosophy on art appears to be perfectly manifesting itself in his personal style above. In his younger days, there was this cool juxtaposition between the artsy-fartsy, graphic form of the harsh, black-framed glasses and Warhol-ian mop-top, mixed with his rumpled, old school ease from the neck down–  prepster rugby shirt, chinos and battered tennis shoes.  Style– Just take what you want, don’t let it trap you.

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Circa 1965 — Visual artist David Hockney at an art opening. — Image by © Bob Adelman/Corbis.  I dig the clean, graphic shock of red & yellow against the black t-shirt and eyeglasses.  Simple, yet striking.

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“Any artist will tell you he’s really only interested in the stuff he’s doing now. He will, always. It’s true– and it should be like that.”

–David Hockney

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Circa 1980s– Artist David Hockney — Images by © Martyn Goddard/Corbis

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“Art has to move you and design does not– unless it’s a good design for a bus.”

–David Hockney

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