David Hockney, ‘Original easel drawing with dedication’, ca. 1982, Alpha 137 Gallery
David Hockney, ‘Original easel drawing with dedication’, ca. 1982, Alpha 137 Gallery
David Hockney, ‘Original easel drawing with dedication’, ca. 1982, Alpha 137 Gallery

This is a lovely, rare drawing of a painters easel that David Hockney created around his printed name on a blank page - the first front end page of the 1981 softcover book "David Hockney" by Marco Livingstone. The drawing is done in ink and is hand signed and dedicated by Hockney. The sheet has been carefully removed from the book, so it could be photographed. It could also look terrific when floated and framed. It is still kept inside the book, though loose and is sold with the book. David Hockney - British painter, draughtsman, printmaker, designer and photographer, is recognized as one of the most influential British artists of the 20th Century. Very rare highly collectible original vintage drawing - a marvelous piece of ephemera.

Signature: Hockney has signed and inscribed the detached front end page with a sketch of an easel around his name. Light overall foxing to the sheet, visible up close, and not affecting the drawing.

Acquired from Schubertiade Gallery, Massachusetts.

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