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Digital Print, 2008
Signed Print Edition of 25
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Green Valley (2008) is an inkjet-printed computer drawing by David Hockney. The artist’s interest in landscapes emerged already in the 1960s and has occupied an eminent position in his body of work ever since. The signature locations of Hockney’s landscape paintings and prints range from his native Yorkshire, Californian suburbs to the idyllic outdoor spaces of Normandy, where he has been based with his partner Jean-Pierre Gonçalves de Lima since 2018.
The drawing depicts a serene rural landscape consisting of expansive open fields, a range of abundant, flowering trees and a squiggly, concrete road that sprawls from one side of the picture to the other. Hockney’s depiction of the natural world displays meticulous details and a variety of texture that render the landscape close-to-life while also allowing it to retain a uniquely oneiric undertone. Small elements such as blades of grass along the edges of the road are made visible, bringing the scene closer to the tradition of the naturalist yet dreamy landscapes associated with the works of Monet and Van Gogh. The lavish tree crowns at the forefront of the print strike with their photographic quality given the wide range of tones and textured effect that renders them convincingly lifelike. Compared to A Bigger Green Valley (2008) depicting the same landscape, colours in this print are significantly less saturated. The predominant paleness creates the effect of a morning mist, positioning the landscape as one that anticipates rain.