Some New Prints David Hockney
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This series stems from Hockney’s Some Very New Paintings series of 1992. Here we find him playing with abstraction once more with colourful compositions that recall modernists such as Sonia Delaunay as well as British painter Howard Hodgkin. The works in this series are often compared to the sets he made for operas and the artist himself has confirmed the link, stating, “I started the group called Some Very New Paintings in 1992 after I had finished my set designs for Die Frau Ohne Schatten. These started simply and grew more and more complex. I soon realized that what I was doing was making internal landscapes, using different marks and textures to create space, so that the viewer wanders around.”
With this knowledge we can start to read the works as landscapes, detecting hills and roads, waves and fields in the thrilling forms that make up these captivating prints. Hockney combines lithography and screen printing to great effect, creating a catalogue of marks, dots and washes, utilising the various layers of contrast between rough and smooth, flat and textured areas of colour.
In works such as Blue Hang Cliff and Going Out, Hockney once again presents us with a Cubist view of his surroundings, offering up multiple perspectives in a nod to Picasso and asking us to realign our associations with the genre by applying its distortion to the landscape of Southern California as opposed to cosmopolitan Paris.
Four Part Splinge sees Hockney working across four sheets to achieve a whole composition that measures more than 1.2 x 1.6 meters. Hockney had worked with splitting his images before with his Paper Pools series and would return to this fascination with grids in series such as Iceland and Norway (2002) and his video installations Four Seasons (Woldgate Woods) which saw him split a Yorkshire landscape into smaller parts to create a composite whole. These works in turn recall his earliest photo collages where a landscape or interior is fragmented into dozens of individual photographs which are then stuck together again to form a simulacra of the original scene, making room for multiple viewpoints rather than the fixed single perspective that Hockney believes the camera is trapped by.
Hockney had worked extensively with lithography before, enjoying the similarity of the final product to painting, however he resented the pace of the technique which required him to work with a printer – in this case the legendary Gemini G.E.L. in LA – whereas the ease of drawing onto an etching stone meant he could work alone. Here we see Hockney pushing the boundaries of this traditional print medium however; by introducing screen printing into elements of the composition he transforms these images into hybrid works of art that compel the viewer through the sheer variety of texture and colours.
Why is the Some New Prints series so important?
This series, among many others, testifies to Hockney’s unique way of seeing the world. With its vibrant colours and daring compositions it is representative of Hocnkey’s work in the 90s when he was deeply concerned with ideas around set design, perspective and colour.
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