Renowned British artist David Hockney’s extraordinary life and groundbreaking body of work will be explored in a captivating new series of films titled “Celebrating David Hockney” (working title), to be edited and presented by Melvyn Bragg. Produced by Directors Cut Productions, these programs are scheduled to be aired on Sky Arts, Freeview, and NOW later this year.
David Hockney’s artistic genius and unparalleled talent have propelled him to immense success since the early days of his career, establishing him as one of the most cherished living artists in Britain. The series “Celebrating David Hockney” (working title) will delve into the various eras and facets of Hockney’s work, featuring insightful interviews, archival footage, and a nostalgic exploration of his artistic journey.
Viewers will be taken on a captivating ride through Hockney’s formative years in Bradford, his time as a star pupil at London’s RCA, and his influential move to Los Angeles in the 1960s. It was during this period that he created some of his most renowned and beloved pieces, including the iconic swimming pool series. In a definitive interview spanning four hours, the legendary artist will engage in conversation with Melvyn Bragg.
Expressing his excitement about the upcoming series, Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, Sky, commented, “It’s a rare privilege to have access to an artist who has maintained his artistic prowess well into his 80s. This definitive series on David Hockney, brilliantly curated and illuminated by Melvyn Bragg, promises to be an enlightening treat for art enthusiasts as we delve into the creative process of a true legend.”
Melvyn Bragg, sharing his admiration for David Hockney, stated, “David Hockney is undeniably one of the most remarkable artists to emerge from our country. Even in his mid-eighties, he continues to work tirelessly, boasting an impressive portfolio of over 400 exhibitions. This celebration encapsulates the essence of his artistry and brings it together in what we hope will be a defining program about David’s work and his artistic philosophy.”
“Celebrating David Hockney” (working title) was commissioned by Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts and Entertainment, under the guidance of Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content for Sky UK and Ireland. Benedetta Pinelli serves as the Commissioning Editor for Sky, and the series is being produced by Directors Cut Productions.