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David Hockney
According To Prescriptions of Ancient Magicians

1966

US$2,500Asking Price

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According To Prescriptions of Ancient Magicians Etching, 1966 Unsigned (See photo of justification page with varying editions totaling 600 portfolios) Total edition: 600, This printing from Edition D or Edition E, designated as an Artist's Proof by Hockney on the justification page of the volume, which is signed in pencil by Hockney (one of 20 total artist proofs) From: Fourteen Poems by C P Cavafy Publisher: Editions Alecto London Reference: Portfolio (Scottish Arts Council 47-58) The Minneapolis Institute of Art describes the portfolio as: David Hockney first came across the work of the modern Greek poet Constantine P. Cafavy (1863-1933) while attending college in the early 1960s. He was particularly fascinated with Cafavy's themes of gay love and desire, which recalled nostalgic memories of the poet's fleeting erotic encounters while living in Alexandria, Egypt during a time when homosexuals were forced to hide their activities. Hockney's homage to Cafavy features 12 full-page etchings based on drawings Hockney made from life. These spare and lyrical prints are not literal illustrations of the poems, but rather evocations of the artist's own transitory sexual encounters. Condition: Very small water stain in the lower left corner of the sheet, well outside the etching plate mark. Plate size: 13 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches Sheet size: 18 1/2 x 13 inches Note: A very important early work by Hockney.

Details

  • Creator
    David Hockney (1937, British)
  • Creation Year
    1966
  • Dimensions
    Height: 13.88 in. (35.26 cm)Width: 8.88 in. (22.56 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
    Very good original condition with a small water stain in the lower left corner of the sheet, well outside the etching plate mark.
  • Gallery Location
    Fairlawn, OH
  • Reference Number
    Seller: FA106131stDibs: LU1402499803

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About the Artist

David Hockney

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 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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