With clear, vivid prose, this meticulouslyresearched novel draws an intimate, moving portrait of the most famous livingEnglish painter. Bornin Bradford in 1937, David Hockney had to fight to become an artist. Afterleaving home for the Royal College of Art in London his career flourished, buthe continued to struggle with a sense of not belonging, because of hishomosexuality, which had yet to be decriminalised, and because of hisinclination for a figurative style of art, not sufficiently “contemporary” tobe valued. Trips to New York and California-where he would live for many yearsand paint his iconic swimming pools-introduced him to new scenes and new loves,beginning a journey that would take him through the fraught years of the AIDSepidemic.
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