David Hockney: Back in LA

BBC Radio 4

Martin Gayford spends time with David Hockney in his Los Angeles studio.

Hockney talks about this new chapter in his astonishing career (‘my most productive period in two decades’), about portraiture, his homage to Cezanne and Caravaggio in paintings of cardplayers and his re-discovery of brilliant colour and of his vigour in California.

Now the LA studio is his universe: dozens of people come to be painted. Most are friends, staff and a de facto acting and dance company that has appeared in many portraits and photos. We talk to Hockney’s sitters about being painted – including Martin himself.


Produced by Paul Smith

Broadcast: Summer 2016