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In January visits Los Angeles for the first time and meets Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy, Jack Larson and Jim Bridges, the dealer Nicholas Wilder and master printer Ken Tyler. Begins using acrylic paint and taking Polaroid photographs. Works on a series of stylized Southern Californian landscapes and the first swimming pool paintings. In the summer teaches at the University of Iowa, driving across America to get there. Visits the Grand Canyon with Ossie Clark and Derek Boshier. Travels to New York for his first American exhibition at the Alan Gallery. Receives good reviews and sells every painting. Returns to London in December.

David Hockney, Iowa City, 1965


Teaches at the University of Colorado, Boulder. At the end of the term drives back to Los Angeles with Patrick Procktor, Colin Self and Norman Stevens, visiting the old Colorado gold mines, San Francisco and Disneyland on the way. While in Los Angeles, works on A Hollywood Collection, a series of six colour lithographs for Ken Tyler at the Gemini workshop. Meets Bobby Earle, who joins him and Procktor on the drive to New York and return boat trip to London. Draws Earle from life on the boat (Bob Aboard the France).

Bob Aboard the France, 1965

Patrick Procktor and David Hockney, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, 1965

In January Hockney travels to Beirut and creates drawings for a set of etchings relating to the poems of C.P. Cavafy, which he produces back in London with the assistance of Maurice Payne. Designs the revival of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi for London’s Royal Court Theatre. In the summer he returns to Los Angeles to teach drawing at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), where he meets Peter Schlesinger, who becomes his lover and favourite model. Through Jack Larson he is introduced to Betty Freeman and paints Beverly Hills Housewife soon after they meet. In Sunbather and Portrait of Nick Wilder he works on the problem of representing reflections on water.

David and Derek

Beverly Hills Housewife, 1966

Photo study of Betty Freeman for Beverly Hills Housewife, Beverly Hills, 1966

During the spring Hockney teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, but returns to Los Angeles at the weekends. In A Bigger Splash and A Lawn Being Sprinkled devises new ways of depicting water. Paints The Room, Tarzana. In the summer he and Schlesinger return to London. In August they travel through France and Italy with Patrick Procktor and Hockney experiments with watercolour. In the autumn he visits Paul Cornwall-Jones in St Mawes in Cornwall with Mo McDermott and Cecil Beaton’s home in Castle Combe, Wiltshire. Wins first prize in the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition 6, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, with Peter Getting Out of Nick’s Pool. He paints The Room, Manchester Street, a portrait of Patrick Procktor. Hockney purchases a 35mm camera and increasingly uses photographs as an aide-mémoire for his paintings.

domestic scene

A Bigger Splash, 1967

Lives half the year with Schlesinger in Santa Monica working on a series of large double portraits, Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy and American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman). Returns to London alone in June and travels throughout the summer taking in Paris with Kasmin, staying with Stephen Spender in the South of France, meeting Richard Hamilton and Allen Jones in Cornwall and the Dufferins in Northern Ireland. Back in London Schlesinger moves in with Hockney in Powis Terrace and begins studies at the Slade School of Fine Art. In the autumn Hockney and Schlesinger stay with the director Tony Richardson at his home Le Nid du Duc, near St Tropez. Hockney photographs the area and the reflections on the swimming pool. Back in England, he paints four works based on these photographs and begins the double portrait Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott. He travels to New York in December to make drawings for the painting.

Study for Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy I, 1968

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