Aug 5, 2005

Hockney scan-dal

(Margaret’s scanner art work on show… but brother David ‘doesn’t like’ it!)

Source: Leeds Today
Written By Charles Heslett

SIBLINGS can be the harshest critics. And when the one doling out the disapproval happens to be among the most famous living artists you could be forgiven for taking it to heart.


Margaret Hockney – older sister of David – said he expressed a dislike for her latest work, but she was having none of it. The 70-year-old entered a series of scanned images of her face for Leeds City Art Gallery’s open show.

Her ‘scanographs’ were among 91 artworks picked by the show’s judging panel from a record 431 submissions from the public. While it draws admiring glances from the hundreds of visitors to the show, Margaret’s more famous brother – who is two years younger – remained distinctly unimpressed.

She told the YEP: “My scanner discoveries are totally unrelated to my brother’s pictures. He has a totally different vision to me, he sees colour, space, form and in fact he has been an artist all his life – I am just learning about all these picture elements.

“He certainly doesn’t like the ‘scanned self’ picture that is in Leeds – and computers are not really his thing.

“But he is pleased enough that I have found a new and fascinating media.”

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PhotoshopNews first found a reference to Margaret Hockney’s artwork and her relationship to her brother in the PSN story Original Hockney: £48 and included some of Margret’s work shown below. Of course, she uses Photoshop.

Margaret Hockney’s work can be seen at

Her bio from the gallery:

Margaret was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire and is the sister of world famous artist David Hockney.

Following a nursing career spanning thirty years, she spent a further ten years as a medical herbalist before retiring in 1998.

As a retirement gift to herself she purchased a computer, digital camera and scanner, discovering a whole new artistic world.

Margaret had painted and exhibited previously but this was something new and exciting.

Through online courses she became confident in the use of graphics software and has used the digital camera to take many thousands of photographs. With the camera and computer software there came the opportunity to experiment with many diverse subjects, whilst still retaining floral work as her favourite.

In 2001 Margaret purchased a new scanner, and started to make more experiments using it’s versatility, scanning her hands, face and a few objects. Being very impressed with the results she went on to develop her new ‘Scanngraphs’ technique. The resultant artwork, mostly of a floral theme, is vibrant and exciting. Margaret said ” all in all I have found a wonderful creative art form in digital technolgy, beyond my wildest imagination “.

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