British artist David Hockney is widely recognized as one of the most versatile and influential artists of the 20th century. His seminal work, “A Lawn Being Sprinkled,” is a defining piece in his series of California Dreaming paintings. Created in 1967, this acrylic on canvas painting measures 60 x 60 inches and depicts an everyday scene in Los Angeles.
Hockney’s signature style lends itself perfectly to the subject matter, which includes an abstraction of Californian lifestyle through a perfectly tended lawn with a sprinkler creating v-shaped mists of water. The clear blue sky in the background gives the painting a serene feel while adding depth to the composition.
Interestingly, Hockney used acrylic paint instead of traditional oils and stapled the canvas to his studio wall while working on it. This technique allowed him more control over his brushwork and gave him greater freedom to experiment with texture and color.
The artwork’s abstraction enables viewers to see beyond what might otherwise appear mundane—the unremarkable scene captures life as it happens in Southern California within its iconic culture. The combination creates what we would call today: pop art; Hockney was integral in shaping this movement during that era.