David Hockney, ‘Panama Hat’, 1972, Christie's


Signed and dated in pencil, numbered XX/L (Scottish Art Council calls for sixty proofs in Roman numerals and fifteen proofs in Arabic numerals, aside from the edition of 125), co-published by Brooke Alexander and Petersburg Press, New York, the full sheet, with light- and mat staining, otherwise in good condition, framed
Image: 14 ¼ x 13 ¼ in.(362 x 335 mm.)
Sheet: 16 3/8 x 13 ¼ in. (415 x 335 mm.)

Scottish Arts Council 127; Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo 119

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