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China Diary - David Hockney & Stephen Spender, 1982



China Diary David Hockney & Stephen Spender Harry N Abrams, 1982 New York. Hardcover in Dust Jacket First Edition. The illustrated diary of the trip Spender and Hockney took together through China in 1981. Spender's description and Hockney's beautiful illustrations "take in not only the country's famous sites - the Great Wall, the Temple of the Jade Buddha, the magical landscape of Kweilin - but also the unexpected incidents of everyday Chinese life" and tell of their encounter with Chinese poets and painters and their observations of the people they meet along the way. 200 pages. 158 illustrations including 84 in colour and 1 map.


  • Creator
    David Hockney (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 10.24 in. (26 cm)Width: 7.49 in. (19 cm)Depth: 1.19 in. (3 cm)
  • Style
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
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    1stDibs: LU2102320744902

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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 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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