David Hockney was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1937. He was a brilliant draughtsman, the best known painter of his generation, and gained international success from his mid-twenties. He attended Bradford School of Art (1953-7) and Royal College of Art (1959-62), where he was awarded a Gold Medal and the Guinness Award for Etching. After spending time working in London, Paris and California, he finally settled in Los Angeles in 1977, where he produced many of the works which made his name. He held various teaching appointments at the universities of Iowa, Colorado and California, and was Slade Professor of Fine Art , Cambridge University, 1990. His work is held by the Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Arts Council, Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and elsewhere. He has had a continuous stream of solo shows around the world. He was elected RA in 1991 and was made Companion of Honour in 1997.