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  • Catalogue Essay

    Including written contributions by David Hockney, Joyce Carol Oates, Iris Murdoch, Paul Theroux, Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Seamus Heaney, Martin Amis, Erica Jong, Ian McEwan, Nigel Nicolson, Margaret Drabble, Craig Raine, William Boyd, V.S. Pritchett, Doris Lessing, William Golding, T.S. Eliot, Arthur Miller, Ted Hughes, Kazuo Ishiguro, Julian Barnes, John Updike, Susan Sontag, Anthony Burgess, Douglas Adams and Patrick Leigh Fermor. Each contribution is paired with an illustration by David Hockney.

  • Artist Biography

    David Hockney

    British • 1937

    With a career stretching from the early 1960s to the present, David Hockney is perhaps best known for his bright, cheerful works depicting pools and other everyday scenes from his life in southern California. Originally from West Yorkshire, England, Hockney studied at the Royal College of Art in London before spending decades on both sides of the Atlantic. The artist got his start as part of the British Pop movement, though he’s also cited Modern masters like Picasso and Matisse as major influences on his unique style. 

    Having worked in mediums such as painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and more, Hockney is among the most versatile artists of his time. Drawing on his lived experience, Hockney imparts obvious references to same-sex love and companionship in his work, a motif that began even before Britain decriminalized homosexuality in 1967. His work in present in the collections of institutions such as MoMA, the Pompidou and the Tate, which granted him a blockbuster career retrospective in 2017. At present, Hockney is one of the most expensive living artists to be sold at auction. 

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Hockney’s Alphabet

1991
The complete set of 26 lithographs in colours, on Exhibition Fine Art Cartridge paper, with full margins, with full text and title page, the sheets bound (as issued) in quarter vellum with handmade Fabriano Roma paper boards, housed in the original grey slip case.
34 x 25.4 x 2.9 cm (13 3/8 x 10 x 1 1/8 in.)
Signed by the artist and most contributors in ink and numbered '112' in black ink on the justification page, from the edition of 250 (there was also an edition of 26 lettered A-Z and an edition of 24 in Roman numerals), published by Faber & Faber, London.

Estimate
£1,000 - 1,500 • ‡ ♠

Sold for £10,080

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London Auction 21 January 2021