Education & Awards

Education & Teaching

  • 1953-57

    Bradford College of Art, First Class Diploma with Honours

  • 1959-62

    Royal College of Art

  • 1962

    Teaching position, Maidstone College of Art, Kent 

  • 1964

    Teaching position, University of Iowa

  • 1965

    Teaching position, University of Colorado Boulder

  • 1966-67

    Teaching position, University of California, Los Angeles and Berkeley

  • 1969

    Teaching position, Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg

Awards & Honors

  • 1961

    First Prize, Guiness Award for Etching, Royal College of Art, London


    Junior Section Prize, John Moores Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

  • 1962

    Gold Medal, Royal College of Art, London

  • 1963

    Graphic Prize, Paris Biennale

  • 1964

    First Prize, 8th International Exhibition of Drawings and Engravings, Lugano

  • 1965

    Purchase Prize, 6th International Exhibition of Graphic Art, Ljubjana, Yugoslavia
    International Print Biennale

  • 1967

    First Prize, John Moores Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

  • 1982

    Gold Medal, 6th Norwegian International Print Biennale

  • 1983

    Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Bradford, England


    Skowhegan Award for Graphics


    Shakespeare Prize, Alfred Toepfer Siftung F.V.S., Hamburg, Germany

  • 1984

    Kodak Photography Book Award for Cameraworks

  • 1985

    Elected Associate Royal Academician, Royal Academy of Arts, London


    Infinity Award for Art, International Center of Photography, New York


    Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles


    Honorary Degree, San Francisco Art Institute

  • 1986

    Associate Member, Academie Royale des Sciences, Palais des Academies, Brussels, Belgium


    Inducted into International Best-Dressed List Hall of Fame, Vanity Fair

  • 1988

    Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Aberdeen, Scotland


    Certificate of Excellence for David Hockney: A Retrospective, American Institute of Graphic Arts Book Show


    First Place for David Hockney: A Retrospective, 1988 Museum Publications Competition, American Association of Museums


    Progress Medal, Royal Photographic Society, London

  • 1989

    Praemium Imperiale for Painting, Japan Art Association, Tokyo


    Artist Honoree, Creative Business Leader Awards, West Hollywood Marketing Corporation, City of West Hollywood

  • 1990

    Commitment to Life IV Award, AIDS Project Los Angeles


    Burning Bush Award, University Women of the University of Judaism, Los Angeles

  • 1991

    Elected Royal Academician, Royal Academy of Arts, London


    Distinguished Honoree, National Arts Association, Los Angeles


    Distinguished Artist Award, The Music Center, Los Angeles

  • 1992

    Honorary Doctorate, Royal College of Art, London


    Appointed to the Board of Trustees, American Associates of the Royal Academy Trust, New York


    Los Angeles International Art Award, Los Angeles Art Fair, Los Angeles Convention Center

  • 1993

    First Annual Award for Achievement, Archives of American Art, Los Angeles


    Angel Art Honor, Project Angel Food, Los Angeles

  • 1994

    Annual Governor’s Award for the Arts from California Governor Pete Wilson, California Arts Council, Los Angeles

  • 1995

    Honorary Doctorate, University of Oxford


    Pacific Design Center Award, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood

  • 1996

    Crystal Achievement Award, AIDS Project, Los Angeles

  • 1997

    Order of the Companions of Honour, Birthday Honours List of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


    Green Room Award for Stage Design in Opera for Die Frau ohne Schatten, Performing Arts Museum, Melbourne


    Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts


    Kulturpreis der Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie, Germany’s highest award in the field of photography

  • 1998

    Second Annual Mario Tamayo Award for Outstanding Dedication in the Visual Arts, presented by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles

  • 1999

    Charles Wollaston Award, The Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition, London


    Commendation by California Governor Gray Davis for efforts on behalf of People Living with HIV/AIDS, Pet Art Celebrity Auction of Art & Photography, Hollywood

  • 2000

    Freedom of the City of Bradford Award, University of Bradford, England


    Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Leeds, England

  • 2002

    British Book Design and Production Award for Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters 


    Grierson Award (Best Documentary on the Arts) for the BBC Omnibus Film David Hockney’s Secret KnowledgeLondon

  • 2003

    Special 150th Anniversary Medal, Royal Photographic Society, London


    Medal of Academic Honor and Career Award, Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence Biennale


    Honorary Degree, Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence

  • 2004

    Rosa d’Oro Award presented by Yves Saint Laurent, Palermo, Italy


    Sir Banister Fletcher Prize for Hockney’s Portraits and People


    Orthopaedic Ward at the Yorkshire Clinic in West Yorkshire named “The Hockney Ward” in recognition of David Hockney’s association with West Yorkshire

  • 2005

    Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Yale University, New Haven

  • 2007

    Honorary Doctor of Letters, University of Cambridge, England

  • 2012

    Order of Merit, New Year’s Honours List of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

  • 2015

    State of California Hall of Fame, inducted by Governor Jerry Brown

  • 2017

    San Francisco Opera Medal

  • 2018

    Lifetime of Artistic Excellence Award, The Black Alumni of Pratt, Pratt Institute


    Distinguished Service to Art, The Critics' Circle, London


    Lifetime Achievement Award for Printmaking, Her Majesty Queen Sonja Art Foundation, Norway

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