Inspired by the great David Hockney, this artist wants his work to be gayer, sexier & even more personal
Photo Credit: Tate Tullier
Not everyone can say they’ve literally written the book on one of their heroes. But Evan Turk can—and he drew it, too!
Turk is a Southern California-based author, animator, and artist, whose work includes a number of picture books aimed at younger readers. His latest, To See Clearly, is a beautifully illustrated biography of David Hockney, who made a name for himself in the ’60s with the Pop Art movement and is recognized as one of Western culture’s first openly gay artists.
In awe of Hockney’s distinctive style and the way queerness subtly (and sometimes not-so-subtly) informed his art, Turk felt compelled to tell the influential artist’s story in picture-book form, sharing his unique and vibrant point-of-view with people of