David Hockney, ‘My Pool and Terrace’, 1983, Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

The British artist David Hockney depicts his infatuation with Southern California by capturing the coolness of its landscape and culture–the pool as subject epitomizes Los Angeles’s leisure lifestyle. The simple colors and squiggly lines show his childlike enthusiasm for the region. This lot is from the Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary Portfolio, published as a fundraiser for the new Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) building (now the Geffen Contemporary).

From Eight by Eight to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary Portfolio

Published by MOCA

Image: 23.875" x 35.75"; Sheet: 29" x 42"

This lot has a 25% buyer's premium.

Signature: Signed and dated in pencil lower right margin of sheet beneath image; edition lower left

Publisher: Published by MOCA

Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from MOCA, Los Angeles)

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