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The Hockneys by John Hockney

The Hockneys

Never Worry What the Neighbours Think

John Hockney

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Imprint: Legend Press Ltd
Publisher: Legend Press Ltd
Publication date: 3 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781789550733

‘Never Worry What the Neighbours Think’ was the philosophy that Kenneth Hockney used to inspire his children – David Hockney, one of the world’s greatest living artists and siblings John, Paul, Philip and Margaret – to each choose their own route in life.

The Hockneys is a never before seen insight into the lives of the family by youngest brother John, from growing up in the Second World War in Bradford through to their diverse lives across three continents. Hardship, successes as well as close and complex relationships are poignantly illustrated by both famous and private pictures and paintings from David Hockney.

With a rare and spirited look into the lives of an ordinary family with extraordinary stories, we begin to understand the creative freedom that led to their successful careers and the launchpad for an artist’s work that has inspired and continues to inspire generations across the world.

4 stars out of 5
7 Nov 2019

"...enormously appealing: good-natured, bluntly told, skimmed with Yorkshire humour"

Telling David’s story in this splintered fashion, woven into a much wider one, is, of course, true to how it feels to experience another’s life from the sidelines. It is as though John is working his way backwards to make sense of the extraordinary thing that had been under his nose but at the time had simply passed him by. “I had no perception he was to become one of the greatest artists of the 21st century. He quietly kept his own counsel about his life plan.”... Are there points to criticise? Perhaps the recounting of each sibling’s achievements drifts toward the Christmas round robin, and the bits about grandparents aren’t hugely enlightening. But it would be silly to quibble about these moments, because the essential treatment is so enormously appealing: good-natured, bluntly told, skimmed with Yorkshire humour.