- Marks 60 years of Hockney’s fruitful career as a printmaker
- Published to accompany the Hockney, Printmaker exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery from February 5 to May 11, 2014
In 1954, a sixteen-year-old student at the Bradford College of Art opted to study lithography as part of the National Diploma in Design. His first effort, a small self-portrait printed only in a handful of impressions, marks the beginning of one of the longest and most diverse careers in modern printmaking. By turns traditional and groundbreaking, over six decades David Hockney has created graphic works of great wit, beauty and intellectual complexity.
Hockney, Printmaker features over 150 works, from etchings executed at the Royal College of Art in the 1960s, to experiments with printed computer drawings some fifty years later, via portraits, pools, poetry, Xeroxes and investigations into multi-point perspective. Written by Richard Lloyd, head of prints at Christie’s, with contributions from Hockney’s friends and associates, it explores the many achievements of Britain’s greatest living practitioner of the graphic arts.
Richard Lloyd is International Head of Prints at Christie’s auctioneers.