David Hockney, ‘The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) – 2 January 2011’, 2011, Christie's

Mounted onto four aluminium panels, signed and dated in black felt-tip pen, numbered 8/10, in very good condition, framed

2360 x 1780 mm. (overall)

From the Catalogue:
I do think the iPad is a new art form. Much better than a lithograph. Inkjet printing is more vivid—the colour stays exactly the same. The prints use an awful lot of pigment. But the bigger they get, they don’t fade, don’t pixelate.’ (David Hockney)

The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire (see lots 169-170) were first exhibited in A Bigger Picture, the artist’s landmark exhibition at the Royal Academy in 2012. The series follows the gradual changing of the season, from 1 January to 2 June 2011, and were popularly acclaimed. Although the works were executed on an iPad, sometimes taking two or three days to draw, Hockney’s intention was for them to be printed on a much larger format. An edition of 25 were digitally printed on paper (see lot 169), and a further ten in a larger format, mounted on dibond, of which this lot is an example.
—Courtesy of Christie's

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With Galerie Lelong, Paris (their label on the reverse of the frame).

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