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Posters For Sale to Celebrate David Hockney's 82nd Birthday!

  • Harlequin from Parade (detail), 1981
July 9, 2019
A philosophy graduate interested in critical theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

Considered one of the most successful and recognized artists of our time, David Hockney has redefined the medium of painting during over six decades of creation. Known for stylistic versatility, he has been bringing a whole new creative dimension into contemporary art. Comprised of paintings, drawings and prints, but also photography and set design, Hockney’s body of work is like a living being, each individual piece tapping into his dynamic creative spirit in its own unique way.

Today, David Hockney is turning 82. To celebrate his birthday, we have prepared a selection of the artist’s rare prints and posters which you could own right now, sold exclusively by ArtWise.

Featured image: Harlequin from Parade (detail), 1981. All images courtesy of ArtWise.

  • Yves Marie, 1974

Yves Marie

An avid portraitist throughout his entire career, David Hockney has painted, drawn, and printed hundreds of portraits since the mid-1960s. He often depicted himself or his relatives, friends, and employees, many of whom are famous artists, fashion designers, and dancers. He once explained that when making a portrait, “it’s their mood and your mood together that creates whatever’s there.”

This lithograph depicts Yves-Marie Hervé, a young student at the École du Louvre to whom Hockney was attempting to teach some English. Their relationship was that of teacher and pupil, and Hockney spent many hours introducing him to his favorite museums and exploring the little back rooms at the Louvre.

More info about the work here.

  • Sun from the Weather Series, 1981

Sun from the Weather Series

This work is an exhibition poster for David Hockney Prints 1954-77, a Scottish Arts Council Touring Exhibition from 1977. It depicts a work from The Weather Series, where he tackled weather as a subject inspired by 19th-century Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints by Katsushika Hokusai and the Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet.

More info about the work here.

  • San Francisco Opera, 1982

San Francisco Opera

This poster was made for the San Francisco Opera and their Summer Festival Season of 1982. The poster features a detail from the Bedlam scene in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, for which Hockney designed sets and costumes in 1975. Thrilling and immersive, Hockney’s designs for this opera became among the most important theatre designs of the twentieth century.

More info about the work here.

  • Home from Grimm's Fairy Tales, 1976

Home from Grimm's Fairy Tales

This two-color lithograph poster was produced for an exhibition of David Hockney’s artwork at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art which took place between February 7th and March 7th in 1976. The image is Hockney’s work Home from his Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm. It is part of a 1969 series of beautiful etchings, featuring weird and enchanting drawings for The Little Sea Hare, Fundevogel, RapunzelThe Boy Who Left Home to Learn Fear, Old Rinkrank, and Rumpelstilzchen.

More info about the work here.

Corbusier Chair and Rug

Corbusier Chair and Rug (sm) from 1969 is the first edition poster for Hockney’s exhibition at Andre Emmerich in New York in 1969. In his 1993 autobiography, the artist wrote:

The poster can be a marvelous reproduction, better than anything in a book. And if you print them well and take the photographs of the paintings well, the posters are worth keeping, people might like them; they can pin them on a wall.

While many of Hockney’s posters feature reproductions of his famous works, others boast entirely new designs, such as the present work.

More info about the work here.

  • Paris Review 25th Anniversary, 1980

Paris Review 25th Anniversary

In 1980, Hockney was commissioned to create a poster for the Paris Review 25th Anniversary. The Paris Review publishes writings and poetry by aspiring writers young and old, partly funded by the sale of artwork created and sold by the publication. The poster features his work Flower Study.

More info about the work here.

  • Detail from Pulcinella With Applause, 1982

Detail from Pulcinella With Applause

Titled Detail from Pulcinella With Applause, this lithograph was designed and created by David Hockney for the Young Playwrights Festival held in New York in 1982 and sponsored by the Dramatists Guild Fund. The Young Playwrights Festival is a citywide playwriting competition that gives voice to teenagers while promoting the art of writing for the stage.

More info about the work here.

  • Pearblossom Highway, 1986

Pearblossom Highway

Hockney’s Pearblossom Highway is a 1986 poster created for an exhibition held at the International Center of Photography in New York. The poster is a superb example of Hockney’s photo-collages, featuring a segment of the famous California State Route 138. The artist himself describes his work as a drawing as opposed to a photographic piece as it is a layered composition representing many different viewpoints as opposed to a single, flat photograph.

More info about the work here.

  • Harlequin from Parade, 1981

Harlequin from Parade

A color offset lithograph, Harlequin from Parade is originally created in 1981 for the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. In this design, Hockney used primary colors and simple geometric shapes, giving his work a pop art feel. The Harlequin, a lonely outsider who is a highly skilled acrobat, is depicted walking on his hands in a light-hearted stance while wearing a more sinister-looking face mask. Produced in a limited series, these posters are sought after and attract a lot of interest.

More info about the work here.