David Hockney, ‘Caribbean Tea Time from the series Moving Focus’, 1985-87, Skinner

Edition of 36 plus proofs, published by Tyler Graphics, Ltd., Mount Kisco, New York (MCA Tokyo, 288).

Full size 86 x 136 in. (218.4 x 345.5 cm).

N.B. Hockney is a virtual jack-of-all-trades, embracing both traditional and newer media - from acrylic paint to PhotoShop - and working as a painter, print-maker, photographer, and even a set designer. He is considered one of Britain's most dominant Pop artists, although it is a categorization that he dislikes.

From 1984 through 1987 Hockney created the series Moving Focus. What makes this series of twenty-nine prints unusual is the seeming disconnect of the subjects of the works. They include interior views, portraits, and still lifes, and vary wildly in size. The title of the series discloses the unifying principal: each plays with the depiction of space and the potential for multiple points of view. The series has been described as "Hockney's dialogue with Picasso."

Caribbean Tea Time employs simple lines and blocks of bright, saturated color to depict an interior with a shifting, Cubist space that is both highly descriptive and playfully vertiginous. The sense is heightened by the scale of the work, and the fact that as a floor screen, it is generally viewed accordioned rather than flat so that our space and the screen's interpenetrate.

The losses to the surface of the frame are primarily along the outer top edges, the largest loss measuring 7 inches long by.75 inch wide. There are also areas with tenting to the painted frame surface. The wood exposed by the surface losses is in good condition. There is some minor rippling to the paper edges in the top sheet in the second panel from the left.

Condition: Deckled edges and floated as originally presented by the artist, areas of cracking/loss to frame, several rubs to Plexiglas, screenprinted panels somewhat yellowed.
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Signature: Numbered and signed "AP VII/X David Hockney" in pencil on right-most panel l.c.

A private Massachusetts collection.

About David Hockney

A pioneer of the British Pop Art movement in the early 1960s alongside Richard Hamilton, David Hockney gained recognition for his semi-abstract paintings on the theme of homosexual love before it was decriminalized in England in 1967. In We Two Boys Clinging Together (1961), red-painted couples embrace one other while floating amidst fragments from a Walt Whitman poem. After moving to California at the end of 1963, Hockney began painting scenes of the sensual and uninhibited life of athletic young men, depicting swimming pools, palm trees, and perpetual sunshine. Experimenting with photography in the mid-1970s, Hockney went on to create his famous photocollages with Polaroids and snapshot prints arranged in a grid formation, pushing the two-dimensionality of photography to the limit, fragmenting the monocular vision of the camera and activating the viewer in the process. A versatile artist, Hockney has produced work in almost every medium—including full-scale opera set designs, prints, and drawings using cutting-edge technology such as fax machines, laser photocopiers, computers, and even iPhones and iPads.

British, b. 1937, Bradford, United Kingdom, based in Yorkshire, United Kingdom