Contemporary Print Market Report

Chairs

While we often come across chairs in Hockney’s many seated portraits of friends, lovers and influences, we rarely see them empty. Here they present an absence that is hard to ignore and become as evocative as the images of the sitters themselves.

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Panama Hat On A Chair With Jacket - Signed Print by David Hockney 1972 - MyArtBroker
Panama Hat On A Chair With Jacket Signed Print 
David Hockney

£20,000-£25,000 VALUE (EST.)

AUD35,000-AUD45,000 VALUE (EST.)

CAD30,000-CAD40,000 VALUE (EST.)

CNY170,000-CNY210,000 VALUE (EST.)

25,000-30,000 VALUE (EST.)

HKD190,000-HKD230,000 VALUE (EST.)

¥3,320,000-¥4,150,000 VALUE (EST.)

$25,000-$30,000 VALUE (EST.)

Slightly Damaged Chair, Malibu - Signed Print by David Hockney 1973 - MyArtBroker
Slightly Damaged Chair, Malibu Signed Print 
David Hockney

£10,000-£15,000 VALUE (EST.)

AUD15,000-AUD25,000 VALUE (EST.)

CAD15,000-CAD20,000 VALUE (EST.)

CNY80,000-CNY120,000 VALUE (EST.)

10,000-15,000 VALUE (EST.)

HKD90,000-HKD130,000 VALUE (EST.)

¥1,560,000-¥2,330,000 VALUE (EST.)

$10,000-$15,000 VALUE (EST.)

Panama Hat On A Chair - Signed Print by David Hockney 1998 - MyArtBroker
Panama Hat On A Chair Signed Print 
David Hockney

£25,000-£40,000 VALUE (EST.)

AUD40,000-AUD70,000 VALUE (EST.)

CAD35,000-CAD60,000 VALUE (EST.)

CNY190,000-CNY310,000 VALUE (EST.)

30,000-45,000 VALUE (EST.)

HKD210,000-HKD340,000 VALUE (EST.)

¥3,890,000-¥6,220,000 VALUE (EST.)

$25,000-$45,000 VALUE (EST.)

Picture Of Two Chairs - Signed Print by David Hockney 1985 - MyArtBroker
Picture Of Two Chairs Signed Print 
David Hockney

£4,000-£30,000 VALUE (EST.)

AUD7,000-AUD50,000 VALUE (EST.)

CAD6,000-CAD50,000 VALUE (EST.)

CNY35,000-CNY250,000 VALUE (EST.)

5,000-35,000 VALUE (EST.)

HKD35,000-HKD280,000 VALUE (EST.)

¥660,000-¥4,980,000 VALUE (EST.)

$5,000-$35,000 VALUE (EST.)

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Meaning & Analysis

A sense of absence characterises Hockey’s Chairs print series, a contrast to the artist’s other works where the chair is usually filled by a sitter.

A sense of absence characterises Hockey’s Chairs print series, a contrast to the artist’s other works where the chair is usually filled by a sitter. Here they present an absence that is hard to ignore and become as evocative as the images of the sitters themselves. With works such asHat on Chair and Panama Hat the addition of clothes and accessories allows us to imagine the absence is temporary, the sitter having momentarily left the scene to return shortly. However when the chair is resolutely empty of both sitter and object it immediately becomes melancholy, as in Slightly Damaged Chair Malibu where a worn armchair takes on the weight of absence in a different way. Here we can align Hockney’s love for chairs with one of his great heroes, van Gogh. one of the most famous paintings by the Dutch post-impressionist is of an empty wicker chair; devoid of embellishment or defining quality it comes across to the viewer as being of great importance, its emptiness at once poignant and arresting. Here the absence feels permanent and the exquisite detail lavished upon its wicker seat, its gnarled back and legs feels like a loving tribute to one who is missed.

A more cheerful antidote to this mournful non-portrait can be found in Hockney’s Picture Of Two Chairs, featuring two overstuffed armchairs in an interior, one of which has been brightly coloured in yellow with red details. Where one empty chair denotes absence, two seem to evoke companionship and intimacy, their positions turned toward each other, evoking conspiracy between the two absent sitters, whom one can imagine engaged in a tête-à-tête.