Contemporary Print Market Report
David Hockney: Black Wire Plant - Signed Print

Black Wire Plant
Signed Print

David Hockney


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Etching, 1998
Signed Print Edition of 35

Critical Review

Throughout his career, Hockney has worked in etching, lithography, aquatint and intaglio techniques. The artist continually expanded his printmaking practice and collaborated with such influential printers as Ken Tyler, Maurice Payne, and Aldo Crommelynck. With his artistic output evolving from traditional methods of painting through to printmaking and recently, computer and iPad drawings, Hockney established himself as a versatile artist, constantly seeking new ways of seeing and depicting the environment close to him. To achieve a fine detail and precision of contour in Black Wire Plant, Hockney used such unconventional etching tools as wire wool. The print demonstrates Hockney’s inventive approach to printmaking and, thus, reaffirms his status among the rich lineage of artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso who saw in printmaking a unique opportunity to achieve a new quality of the figurative image.

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