David Hockney turns 78 years old this week, as one of the most important British artists of the 20th century, we’re celebrating with some facts about the man himself!

1. At school, he failed exams deliberately
Hockney says he knew from a very young age that he wanted to be an artist, but he also knew that academically gifted students were encouraged to drop art and so, he flunked. Ending up at the Bradford School of Art aged 16, exactly where he wanted to be!

2. His artwork was used on the cover of the 1989 British Telecom telephone directory for Bradford
Making it a worldwide collectors item!