David Hockney (b. 1937) is an English printmaker, painter, photographer and graphic designer. He is considered a pioneer in the English Pop Art and Contemporary scene and is known to be very controversial. Many of his works feature subjects such as homosexuality and poetry. In 1962 as a result of his audacity and versatility, he was awarded a gold medal by the Royal College of Art. By the 1970’s, Hockney moved to California where he continued to create sexually driven images of men, sometimes taken from photos in gay magazines. After these paintings, Hockney moved on to make portraits, etchings, and then stages for such opera’s as Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortileges and Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. Hockney still produces art today incorporating the latest technology, including iPhone’s and iPads. He resides in Saltaire, near his hometown of Bradford.