Slow Forest by David Hockney

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.

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