A Bigger Message

A Bigger Message

Conversations with David Hockney

  1. Martin Gayford
  • ISBN 9780500292259
  • 22.90 x 15.20 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 304pp
  • With over 180 illustrations in colour and black and white
  • First published 2016

The bestselling book of conversations between David Hockney and art critic Martin Gayford as they explore the nature of creativity in a newly expanded paperback edition

Hockney painting Gayfor

‘A remarkable picture of Britain’s greatest living artist’– The Daily Telegraph
‘Elegantly and simply written … full not only of good-quality reproductions of Hockney’s paintings, but characterful photos of the artist at work’– The Observer
‘A rewarding book that turns out to be far more than simply the story of how and why Hockney made his most recent pictures. It offers a series of snappy essays on the complicated act of looking’– The Times Literary Supplement

An exhibition of Hockney’s portraits will be shown at the Royal Academy, London from 2 July to 2 October 2016

• Hear David Hockney and Martin Gayford talking about the '82 Portraits and One Still Life' show at the Royal Academy'

David Hockney’s exuberant work is highly praised and widely loved, but he is also something else: an incisive and original thinker on art. In this remarkable book, a record of a decade and a half of conversations with art critic Martin Gayford, Hockney reveals via reflection, anecdote, passion and humour the fruits of his lifelong meditations on the problems and paradoxes of representing a three-dimensional world on a flat surface. Their conversations are punctuated by wise and witty observations from both parties on other artists, and enlivened by shrewd insights into some of the diverse people Hockney has encountered along the way.

This updated and expanded edition follows the preparations for the successful ‘A Bigger Picture’ exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2012, the works done subsequently in Hockney’s native Yorkshire and his return to Los Angeles in 2013. Visiting him there, Gayford depicts both the sitter’s and the artist’s world as he has his own portrait painted by the artist.

Indulging the reader throughout by sharing Hockney’s sense of humour, Gayford finishes the book commenting and chatting with Hockney as he paints works depicting people in movement: dancers and jugglers. In his quest for a bigger and better picture of the world, Hockney remains very busy: ‘I don’t have a diary because it’s always full already,’ he tells us.

Martin Gayford is art critic for the Spectator and the author of acclaimed books on Van Gogh, Constable and Michelangelo. His volume of travels and conversations co-written with Philippe de Montebello, Rendez-vous with Art, and his Man with a Blue Scarf are also published by Thames & Hudson.