David Hockney, ‘Diver, original poster for the Munich Olympics of 1972’, 1970, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2018


David Hockney, is a British painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. An important contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 60’s and one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Studied at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1964 he moved to Los Angeles where he has lived on an off since, enamored by the brilliant light and lifestyle while retaining a studio and a home in England. He has been prolific and experimental in all media. He has created hundreds of etchings and lithographs and was one of a small number of artists commissioned to create a poster for the Munich Olympic of 1972.
Courtesy of Heather James Fine Art

Signature: Plate lower right

Publisher: Editions Olympia, Zurich 1972

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