David Hockney, ‘Photography is dead long live Painting’, 1995, Christie's

Signed and dated in pencil, numbered #19 from the edition of 45, the full sheet, in very good condition, framed.
Image 830 x 1055 mm., Sheet 885 x 1110 mm.

From the Catalogue:
It was a charming habit of David Hockney’s to present friends who were ill in hospital with paintings of flowers. The present photo-edition, showing a vase of sunflowers and a painting thereof with a dedication ‘Sunflowers for Jonathan’ was made for Hockney’s close friend Jonathan Silver after he had been diagnosed with cancer in 1995. The two first met in 1963 after Silver, who was then at Bradford Grammar school and Hockney was at the Royal College of Art, wrote to Hockney asking if he would design he cover for a school magazine. Silver later founded the 1853 Gallery at Salt’s Mill in West Yorkshire, dedicated to Hockney, which remains the largest collection of the artist’s works in the world.
—Courtesy of Christie's

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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