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His swimming pool art done in Los Angeles in the 1960's garnered attention. He painted these in vivid acrylics. He designed fantastic sets for stage used in ballet and opera during the 1970's. His set designs brought cosmopolitan attention to his art. Hockney created photo-collage in the 1980's that consists of many photos taken from various angels and at disparate times which supports his aim of producing a cubism effect. Pearblossom Hwy is an industrious example of Hockney's photo-collage.
Hockney likes to do self-portraits and casual designs of his milieu with friends. He has produced several books including Travels With Pen, Pencil, and Ink (1978) and Hockney Paints the Stage (1983). A more recent work, Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Techniques of the Old Masters (2001) supports the idea that the old masters utilized optical gadgets to help them create their paintings.
Hockney received the John Moores Painting prize in 1967 and the Companion of Honor in 1997.