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David Hockney: Extending February (diptych) - Signed Print

Extending February (diptych)
Signed Print

David Hockney

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Screenprint, 1990
Signed Print Edition of 50

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Critical Review

Given the dominating presence of snake-like forms in the print, Extending February invokes Hockney’s earlier work Jungle Boy (1964). Depicting a nude man looking at a large snake, the early print was inspired by Hockney’s friendship with Mark Berger, an artist from New Orleans who kept pet snakes in his California studio. Here, the juxtaposition of dark purple and turquoise connects with Hockney’s vibrant representations of Los Angeles studio interiors while the undulating, snake-like forms spread across the bottom of the image, endowing it with an air of mysteriousness. The print creates a visually arresting world out of abstract forms and very restricted colour palette. A yet another proof of Hockney’s versatility as an artist, the print attests to the effortlessness with which the artist handled and changed the printmaking media.

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