David Hockney, ‘Drawing of 'Stanley'’, 1996, Hidden
David Hockney, ‘Drawing of 'Stanley'’, 1996, Hidden

Hockney has sketched "Stanley" one of his famous dachshunds within a picture frame hanging on a nail. He has drawn this on the inside front cover of his book 'Off the Wall'. He has also sketched a line connecting this and the facing page, where he has added another frame hanging on a nail around the half title which he has inscribed “for Brian happy birthday. 20th Dec 1996, love David H”.

The whole book has been mounted within a museum grade frame and is beautifully presented.

Signature: Signed in ink.

The Brian referred to in the dedication is Brian Baggott the noted Hockney collector, who wrote the forward to the book and whose collection of posters formed its content.

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