The aim of this research is to investigate the reasons why David Hockney addresses daily objects in his works. At the same time, it aims to reveal the nature of the relationship between popular culture and daily objects. Thus, the types of differences between Hockney and his contemporaries will be identified; while determining how pop artists reflect popular culture on their works. The scope of the research includes an analysis of David Hockney’s works. By including works from artists such as Henri Mattise, Andy Warhol, and Fikret Mualla; their relation to the subject has been presented. The subject of this research bears importance in terms of providing a criticism of current issues that are based on daily objects in art. Therefore, the research is divided into artists and eras that can serve as a reference for daily objects and popular culture imageries. The research problems can be listed as: what are the characteristics that separate David Hockney from his contemporaries, why does David Hockney require daily objects in his art works? What is the nature of the relationship between daily objects and popular culture? Are daily objects in art a product of popular culture? In what context do the works of Hockney and Matisse show similarities? What is the connection between daily objects and Duchamp? Are daily objects in art a critique of modern art? It is expected that the answers to all these questions will shed a light on popular culture imageries and art today, along with David Hockney’s works. Thus, once more, this study intends to create awareness to the association of “art and life,” which is frequently used alongside modernism.
Keywords: Popular culture imageries, daily objects, David Hockney, mass culture, art and life