David Hockney

19. 6.–30. 9. 1999

Cankarjev dom Gallery

David Hockney, Lithograph of Water Made of Lines (Pool 1–A), 1978/80, lithograph; recipient of the Grand Prix d’Honneur, 22nd International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, 1997.

The exhibition included thirty-four prints made between 1954 and 1995. David Hockney is one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. He engages in painting, drawing, printmaking, watercolour painting, photography and numerous other media.  He is perhaps best known for his serial paintings of swimming pools, portraits of friends and verdant landscapes. Often returning to a certain motif, he probes the manifold ways one can see an image or a space. He engaged in printmaking very early on; his first lithographic self-portrait was made in 1954. Since then, he has regularly returned to printmaking. He has made a number of print series, employing the techniques of lithography, etching, aquatint and screenprinting. He has devoted a large part of his energy and creativity to printmaking and is one of the most fruitful, diverse and technically insightful graphic artists.