The iconic painting "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" has smashed the world record as the most expensive art by a living artist. The creator of the iconic painting, which was sold for $90 million, is non-other than the English painter, David Hockney.
David Hockney has been the talk of the town after his painting broke the record of the $58.4 million records held by Jeff Koons' "Balloon Dog" in 2013.
Openly Gay David; Who Is His Partner?
The openly gay painter and draftsman, David Hockney reflects his homosexuality through his portraiture. He has been an artist, who challenged the sanctioned the social structure and openly remained gay in the community, where gay people are oppressed and overawed. Since homosexuality was illegal in England at that time, David used to portray his support toward the LGBT community through his gay art.
David is not ready to get married yet despite being of age 81. As per gaystarnews.com in September 2015, he doesn’t want to marry his long-time partner because he thinks that marriage is about a property.
‘Marriage is about the property. When you get divorced, you know it’s about the property."
Although he doesn't want to get married, he has a faithful companion with his partner Jean-Pierre Conclaves de Lima. He and Jean have been loyal to each other for 15 years.
Before Jean-Pierre, he had an affair with his drawing student Peter Schlesinger. While he was 28 years old, he met Peter at a University of California summer school in 1966. The two fell in love with each other. At 20, David and his boyfriend moved to London. The pair was in a relationship with each other for 30 years but a breakup.
David Hockney's Net Worth
David Hockney has accumulated the net worth of $55 million as an artist.
While reading at the Royal College of Art, David met Derek Boshier, Peter Phillips, Allen Jones, and Patrick, who were top British Pop artists in 1960s. He got inspired by his friends and started making a series of paintings. In 1961, he earned notoriety from his painting ‘We Two Boys Together Clinging.’ In 2011, David became the most influential British artist of the 20th century.
David Hockney's $90 million costing masterpiece (Photo: abcnews.go.com)
On 15 November 2018, his 1972s artistic Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) broke the world record for a living artist after the painting was sold for $90 million (£70 million) at Christie's auction house New York City, as per the wiki. As of today, David is the creator of the world's expensive painting.
David Hockney's Facts
Here are the few facts you might be unaware about David Hockney:
- Stage designer and photographer, David worked as the conscientious objector to military service and spent two years working at the hospital.
- David started painting using laser fax machines and laser printers in 1990. later in 2009, he started using the Brushes app on iPhones and iPads to paint portraits. Until 2011, he showcased over 100 of paintings at the Royal Museum of Ontario, which he drew using the following methods.