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David Hockney by Christopher Simon Sykes.. The man behind the bright colors and kooky Met sets is quite dark in places, but the main reason to read this book is to learn why there will always be an England when it comes to the manufacture of art superstars. Was I sounding uncharitable just there? Stiff upper lip.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Certainly the most moving and amusing account of the most popular British artist of the 20th century. [David Hockney] bounces along as the rebellious, eccentric, funny artist discovers sex, then London, and so on to fame and fortune, via California. Sykes elicits marvellous background details and anecdotes… The wit, energy and magical talent of Hockney to use whatever happens to him to his purpose and for humour are shown on almost every page."

London Evening Standard

"To read Christopher Simon Sykes' David Hockney is to marvel at the artistic gifts of the eccentric Yorkshireman who rose from a sometimes pinched childhood to hobnob with poet Stephen Spender and novelist Christopher Isherwood, to party with Mick Jagger and Manolo Blahnik."

The Plain Dealer

Author bio: CHRISTOPHER SIMON SYKES is a photographer and writer. He specializes in architectural and garden photography, and writes on architecture and social history. Sykes worked with Eric Clapton on his autobiography, Clapton, and his work has appeared in publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Town and Country, and Architechtural Digest. He lives with his wife and daughter in North London. More information can be found here: http://www.randomhouse.com/book/175851/david-hockney-by-christopher-simon-sykes/9780385531443/#abouttheauthor

Book Details: General Nonfiction; (384 pp. Artisalacious: Kindle/Print editions)

Publisher Website: http://nan-a-talese.knopfdoubleday.com/2012/04/05/david-hockney-a-stunning-new-biography/

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