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Digital Print, 2008
Signed Print Edition of 25
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Cardigan Road (2008) is a computer drawing on paper by David Hockney depicting a quiet, residential street in Bridlington, East Yorkshire. Each side of the street is lined with tall trees and family houses featuring red rooftops and beige paint colour. The streetview sprawls against the background of a bright sky strewn with subtle layers of clouds, adding to the atmosphere of a springtime tranquillity. The positioning of trees in a linear pattern plays with the viewer’s experience of a visual space in a similar way to Tall Dutch Trees After Hobbema (Useful Knowledge) (2017), Hockney’s famous painting on six shaped canvases. The perspective created by the tree composition in Cardigan Road also shares affinity with Meindert Hobbema’s The Avenue at Middelharnis (1689). Given the large size of trees at the forefront, the viewer is invited to look up and look on simultaneously and, as a result, there seem to be at least two viewpoints in the picture rather than one.
The commonplace subject matter of the drawing encapsulates Hockney’s ability to find inspiration in details of everyday life. The artist commented on this important aspect of his artistic practice: "To be able to walk into the street and to see in the most ordinary little things, even a shadow, something that gives you this aesthetic thrill is marvellous. It enriches life."