David Hockney, ‘Untitled (Two young Men on a Sofa)’, 1966, Christie's


Signed and inscribed artists proof in pencil, one of only a few known impressions, with wide margins, probably the full sheet, in very good condition, framed.
Plate 345 x 222 mm., Sheet 555 x 387 mm.

From the Catalogue:
The present proof is one of only a handful of impressions of this print, created for the Fourteen Poems by C. P. Cavafy (Editions Alecto, London, 1966), but never included in the final publication.
—Courtesy of Christie's

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See Scottish Arts Council 47-59; see Tokyo 47-59
R. Lloyd, Hockney Printmaker, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London (ex. cat.), 2014, no. 22 (another impression illustrated).

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