Hockney: Printmaker at Dulwich Picture Gallery
06 February 2014
Long-time client and friend of John Jones, David Hockney, celebrates his 60th anniversary of his first print made at the Royal College of Art this year by showcasing 100 lithographs and etchings at Dulwich Picture Gallery. The exhibition, curated by Christie’s head of Prints and multiples Richard Lloyd, opened 5th February and will run until 11th May.
Hockney’s large scale paintings and recent iPad drawings often over shadow his talents as a printmaker, and this exhibition is the first of its kind dedicated to his underrepresented prints. Highlights of the exhibition are ‘A Rakes Progress’ series made between 1961 and 1963, and his early portraits of famous sitters including Ghandi and Whitman. They are a real treat for the eye and fine examples which champion printing techniques that are due a resurgence in popularity.
The John Jones collection has tracked his staggering 60 year career and includes a selection of his prints. A personal favourite is ‘Celia with Guest’ 1986 which has hung proudly in our design studio for clients to admire. John Jones has produced bespoke handmade artist surfaces for Hockney throughout his career, and the most ambitious project was producing 50 high quality tulip wood canvas panels to construct his 40 by 15 foot painting ‘Bigger Trees near Warter’, which now resides in the Tate collection.