David Hockney "Drawing in a Printing Machine"

Pace Prints Gallery

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Previously Hockney has worked in traditional print mediums such as etching and lithography. He has also experimented with newer mediums such as Xerox printing and photomechanical reproduction. In this particular body of work Hockney enters the world of digital printmaking. With this new technique of “drawing in a printing machine” the artist expands on traditional drawing by utilizing Photoshop, which allows speed and precision. Hockney works from life, drawing live models on a tablet connected to a computer monitor. While the technique offers him the opportunity to experiment, these prints do not lack his signature draftsmanship. In this group of prints Hockney illustrates several models seated directly in front of him. The prints are large, nearly life-size, approximately 49 x 33 ½ inches. The scale of the images in combination with the proximity of each sitter to the foreground of the picture plane evokes an intimate conversation between subject and viewer. While taking into consideration Hockney’s oeuvre, digital printmaking is a medium that reveals his strengths. The dynamic nature of these prints is due to the presence of bold colors and swift application of lines. The computer technology allows Hockney to work with a wide range of immediately accessible colors. It also permits him to translate his thoughts quickly into images.



from October 23, 2009 to November 28, 2009


David Hockney

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