1937 Born in Bradford.
1953 Enrols at Bradford College of Art.
1957 As a conscientious objector Hockney spends two years working in hospitals as a substitute for national service.
1959 Begins a postgraduate course at the Royal College of Art.
1961 Visits New York.
1962 Awarded the Royal College of Art Gold Medal. Visits Berlin.
1963 Completes a series of prints which are a modern version of Hogarth’s Rake’s Progress. Visits Egypt. Travels to Los Angeles.
1964 Settles in Los Angeles. Teaches at the University of Iowa.
1965 Teaches at the University of Colorado.
1967 Spends ten weeks teaching at Berkeley.
1968 Returns to Britain with his lover Peter Schlesinger.
1970 Hockney’s relationship with Schlesinger breaks up. A major retrospective exhibition of his work is put on at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London.
1973 Lives for a time in Paris.
1975 Designs sets for the Glyndebourne Opera production of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.
1978 Design’s sets for Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Returns to live permanently in Los Angeles.
1982 Develops a photo-collage technique, taking hundreds of photographs of a subject and then piecing them together to form an image.
1986 Starts to produce work using a colour photocopier and fax machine.
1996 A retrospective of his drawings is mounted at the Royal Academy.
2012 A Bigger Picture - Exhibition at the Royal Academy, London
1966 Peter getting out of Nick’s Pool , Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery
1967 A Bigger Splash, London, Tate
1968 American Collectors, Chicago, Art Institute
1972 Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, London, Tate
1977 My Parents, London, Tate
1990 Four Flowers in Still Life , London, Tate