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David Hockney: An Image Of Celia (State II) - Signed Print

An Image Of Celia (State II)
Signed Print

David Hockney


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Lithograph, 1986
Signed Print Edition of 10

Critical Review

As part of the printmaking process, the artist cut up his previous work, An Image Of Celia, State I, and mixed its fragments to compose a shaped collage. After the lithographed sheets and fragments of black and white paper had been combined, Hockney added the screenprinting and a frame adjusted to the irregular outlines of the playful, cut-and-pasted composition. Considering that Hockney rarely mixed mediums, An Image Of Celia, State II can be seen as one of his most sophisticated prints.

Working with the materials of An Image Of Celia, State I, Hockney placed the Vogue head over the one he had first drawn and added new layers of drawing around it. While the first state consisted of sixteen plates, the new version incorporates thirty-three.

The Cubist imagery, recognizable in how Hockney depicted the female face, is accompanied here by a vibrant colour palette. The print juxtaposes elements of blue, green, and orange, a bold combination evocative of the artist’s most famous works, such as Pool And Pink Pole (1984) or Montcalm Interior With 2 Dogs (1988).

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