David Hockney was born in Bradford, Yorkshire in 1937. He trained there and at the Royal College of Art in London where he met R.B. Kitaj. Hockney featured in the exhibition 'Young Contemporaries' alongside Peter Blake. He won its Gold medal and other awards in 1961, and quickly became famous as a leading figure in the Pop art movement and had his first solo show, the first of many, in London in 1963. A retrospective was shown in London in 1970 and went on to Hanover and Rotterdam. In 1974 he had a prestigious solo exhibition in Paris. His talent as a draughtsman was patent at the beginning of the 1960s when he produced book illustrations and five individual etchings. His etchings and drawings are among the deftest of this century; posterity may well acclaim him the greatest of modern portraitists.