David Hockney Figurative Print - The Australian National Gallery Canberra (Paper Pool 17) vintage poster
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David Hockney
The Australian National Gallery Canberra (Paper Pool 17) vintage poster

1982

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Paper 80 x 135 cm / 31.5 x 53 in. Image 53.5 x 129 cm / 21 x 50.75 in. Lithograph on white paper. This vintage, original poster's imagery is taken from David Hockney's 1978 work "A diver [A diver, paper pool 17]", composed of 12 hand colored pressed paper pulp sheets. The poster was printed by Petersburg Press on the occasion of the artist’s 1982 exhibit at the National Gallery of Australia. Warm grey provides the background for this composition, featuring a swimmer in the nude just after jumping from a narrow yellow diving board. Shadows and reflections ripple through the crystalline blue water, obscuring the diver's body. At his feet, a splash of white disturbs the surface. A narrow stripe of vibrant green borders the top of the pool. Hockney's iconic pool imagery emerged from the artist's love affair with California, where he first visited in 1963. During this first visit, he scribed a postcard to his painting dealer John Kasmin, back in Britain. “Arrived in the promised land 2 days ago,” he wrote on the back of a postcard featuring sunbathers on a beach and juicy, California oranges. “The world’s most beautiful city is here – LA… You must come.” Won over by the state’s sunny weather and relaxed way of life, Hockney would paint, draw, and photograph the state’s bright colors and light countless times. The swimming pool became his symbol for California. Here, Hockney’s careful drawing style loosens into painterly abstraction, with the water’s transparency and liquidity represented with daubs of color. The artist worked with vats of dyed rag pulp, which he would apply to metal molds according to his drawings. Hockney was able to use this spontaneous paper pulp medium to convey the quality and movement of water.

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    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    This print is not previously owned and has been stored in the publisher's archives since its publication.
  • Period
  • Dimensions
    H 31.5 in. x W 53 in.H 80.01 cm x W 134.62 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU121125053881
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About David Hockney (Artist)

The art of David Hockney is always engaging in its pleasant ambiguities: It’s warm but somehow aloof; filled with light yet often dark and brooding in subject; simple, frank and mundane, but also ethereal and complex. The artist’s stature in the contemporary- art world is such that, in a 2011 survey of one thousand British painters and sculptors, he was named the most influential British artist of all time.


     Hockney grew up in Bradford, in the northern English county of Yorkshire, studying at the Bradford School of Art from 1953 to ’57, and at the Royal College of Art in London from 1959 to ’ 1962. Though he was educated in art a time when abstraction dominated the field, Hockney stuck resolutely to figurative painting and drawing. His early paintings suggest a search for a style, veering from Expressionism to a grotesquerie suggestive of James Ensor. But Hockney found himself almost the moment he arrived in Los Angeles, in 1963. The move from the gray and rainy Britain to a world of bright sunshine and sparkling water brought Hockney a sense of freedom and an artistic epiphany. He would spend most of the next five years in L.A., painting luminous pictures, such as A Bigger Splash (1967), of things that made him happy: swimming pools, manicured lawns, palm trees, stucco buildings and luxuries like shower stalls. Hockney also painted people, almost always his friends. His California portraits such as Beverly Hills Housewife (1966) are considered to be his finest work. They are at once grandly scaled, intimate and poetic.


     In the 1970s, Hockney moved back to Britain and spent much of his time on photography and printmaking. He returned to painting in the 1980s, and to subjects like still lifes, seascapes and portraits. Hockney has always been fascinated by the use of technology in art — he’s credited with inventing the technique of joining Polaroid photos in a collage to form a panoramic picture — and in the past decade has been using the Brush app to paint on an iPad. Because he is prolific and works in a wide range of mediums, Hockney’s art is available at many price points. His consistently striking and provocative work should have a place in any comprehensive collection of contemporary art.

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