Looking to buy your first David Hockney print or start a collection? Here are a few important points to consider to help you find the right piece, at the right price.
Printmaking has been one of David Hockney’s most important mediums since his training at Bradford College of Art. It was there, in 1954, that the artist began to explore various printmaking methods, including etching, lithography and aquatint. These early explorations had an enduring impact on his practice and his visual style.
What types of Hockney prints can you buy?
Hockney has created a large and diverse body of prints, from etchings and lithographs to homemade prints and iPad drawings. Over the years, the artist has moved from method to method, fully embracing the processes and qualities each technique has to offer. His broad spectrum of works demonstrates his aptitude for printmaking.
Which Hockney print should you choose?
The most desirable Hockney prints on the market are those from his time in America in the 1960s and 1970s – these large, colourful lithographs, often featuring swimming pools and intimate portraits, include A Hollywood Collection and the Paper Pool series.
Works from the 1980s, such as the famed Moving Focus series made with printmaker Ken Tyler, and Caribbean Tea Time, have also been popular with collectors and commanded high prices on the secondary market.
Provenance can add value to a print. With a record of good past ownership, works from Hockney’s earliest series, A Rake’s Progress, can be worth over £250,000. These early prints are “less obviously decorative and are more of a connoisseur’s market,” states independent prints dealer Lyndsey Ingram, suggesting they appeal more to collectors interested in the works’ historical significance.
How do you authenticate a Hockney print?
Most of Hockney’s prints are signed, dated and include edition numbers. If this information is not available, the David Hockney Foundation is an invaluable resource that holds detailed records of the artist’s print portfolios and editions. They can provide initial help with identifying the period of your print.
Beyond the Foundation, it is crucial to ensure that any print you want to buy has detailed paperwork tracing its provenance, origin and sale history. This may mention a gallery, an auction house or any restoration work done to the print. It is also worth cross-checking with these records.
How do you check the condition of a Hockney print?
The condition of a Hockney print will affect its value, so you should always make sure the print that you want to buy is in pristine condition. Before purchasing, look for signs of damage such as faded colours from exposure to direct sunlight; tearing; mould stains; yellowed paper; water stains; and warping from humidity changes.
Once you have made your purchase, it is important to keep your Hockney print in perfect condition. Prints should be framed behind UV-protective glass with an acid-free mount or backing. Once framed, keep your print in a stable environment, avoiding extreme or changing temperature, moisture and direct sunlight. If unframed, the print should be stored flat in the dark.
Remember to also keep your paperwork safe, you will need it if you decide to sell your Hockney print in the future.
Where do I buy a Hockney print?
You can buy Hockney prints online, at auction and through private sales handled by a broker, such as MyArtBroker. Whether you are a first-time buyer or an experienced collector, it is vital to buy your Hockney print from a trusted source.
At MyArtBroker, we can connect you with expert brokers who will be on hand to help you find and buy your first Hockney print. With our large network of collectors, we can locate specific and rare works, as well as condition check and authenticate artworks. So you can have confidence before you buy.
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