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David Hockney (b. 1937)
David Hockney (b. 1937)

Green Pool with Diving Board and Shadow (Paper Pool 3)

David Hockney (b. 1937)
Green Pool with Diving Board and Shadow (Paper Pool 3)
signed with the initials and dated 'D.H. 78.' (lower right)
liquid dyes and coloured pulp applied to pressed coloured paper pulp
49 x 31in. (125.7 x 80cm.)
Executed in 1978
Acquired from the artist through Art and Furniture, Manchester, by the present owner in 1980
J. Clifford, 'Hockney Show', Manchester Evening News, November 1980
ed. N. Stangos, David Hockney, Paper Pools, London 1980 (illustrated in colour p. 31)
Manchester, Art and Furniture, Exhibition of David Hockney 1961-1980, November 1980-January 1981

Lot Essay

On Hockney's return to California in 1978, he paid a visit to the print workshop run by Ken Tyler at Bedford Village. "There he was introduced to a new medium for unique paper works that was neither printmaking, drawing or painting, but a combination of all three. It involves the pouring of liquid colour pulp into moulds placed directly onto a wet paper surface; onto this more coloured pulp and liquid dyes can be applied freehand, and the result is then pressed between felts in a high-pressure hydraulic press. Once dry, the colour is part of the paper itself, giving it an intensity of hue which inseperable from the physicality of its texture.
Taking Tyler's swimming pool as his subject, he planned his rigourously geometrical compositions in Polaroid photographs and then concentrated his attention on finding equivalents for his watery subject in the watery medium. Never before in Hockney's treatment of the transient effects of light on and through water had he created such a a perfect match between subject, form and technique.
(Quoted from M. Livingstone, Exhibition Catalogue, David Hockney, Tokyo, 1989, p.127)

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