Men’s Style Through the Artist’s Eyes Series (Part 2): David Hockney

Men’s Style Through the Artist’s Eyes is a 3 part series that explores  works of  artists that tap into the male sartorial subconscious either unintentionally, subliminally or overtly. The 2nd installment focuses on the works of David Hockney

I hold Hockney’s work dear to my heart. He paints the man I aspire to dress like.


David, a Bradford native, is known as one of the most important Pop Art figures. He  was featured in the now monumental 1961 exhibit Young Contemporaries (Alongside Peter Blake and R. B. Kitaj); Britain’s response to the Pop Art movement in the US.

What draws me to his work is his use of color. Like many of his contemporaries, he is a master at using it. His vivid palette allows him to illustrate perceived lifestyles in very distinct and stylistic manners. His subjects obviously live very beautiful lives.

They are fancy, sumptuous, and know exactly when to flash moments of flamboyance with their ornamental quirks. Be it a full suit with specs on the beach, bright colored jackets or next level bow tied ensembles. Even the navy suits pop. A trend noticed in men’s fashions today.

His subjects in casual attire also burst in color.

He also isn’t a shabby dresser either

David is an influence to most whether they know it or not. His style, and  work is a summation of what men’s fashion looks like today. All its color, range and eccentricities. An avenue filled with limitless sartorial possibilities. It helps to capture the dandy in all of us, which I believe exists in every man.  Now excuse me while I go fetch my lime green shirt.

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