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In "I Don't Know Much About Art But I Know David Hockney" Jonathon Brown is reflecting back upon the thirty years of their friendship. Hockney has made a portrait of Jonathon on five occasions and in this book, itself aptly a sort of double portrait, the author seeks to return the gesture.

The author reminisces on the way their paths have crossed over the years amidst the varied evolution of David Hockney’s work, touching on the philosophical implications of his ideas. Combined with humour and anecdotes he explores his thoughts on photography, perspective and optics. It is the first independent study of  Hockney for nearly a quarter of a century, and a fitting tribute to the man and his medium, be it in art, photography or the theatre.

The book was written without Hockney’s knowledge but presented to him around the time of his birthday in the summer of 2007;  he read it and in giving his blessing, said to Jonathon, ‘Very good, very good, what you say about atoms.’

The title of the book was inspired by a Mark Boxer’s cartoon that appeared in The Times sometime between 1977 and 1983.


Paperback: 104 pages

Language: English

Size: 20 x20 cm

ISBN: 978-0-9555849-2-3

Price: £10