Candid Magazine covers Hockney Early Etchings Show



As Tate Britain unveils its highly anticipated David Hockney retrospective, an intimate display in St. James’s takes a look at the much less trodden ground of the iconic British artist’s early etchings. Far from simply jumping on the Hockney bandwagon however, this show at Hazlitt Holland Hibbert features a version of every single print that Hockney made between 1961 and 1964 offering a snapshot of the young, innocent artist as he studied at the Royal College of Art in London and embarked on his first trip to the USA.

Hockney discovered etching in the print rooms of the RCA which were filled with free materials when his empty pockets couldn’t stretch to painting supplies. But these works are far from a stopgap to the synonomous swimming pool. They provide an insight into Hockney’s remarkable versatility, from fax machine drawings to the iPad, and confirms his gift as a true draughtsman while Abstract Expressionism was king. For purists, Hockney’s etchings are a welcome return to the foundations of his most celebrated work and remind us why he is one of the most successful British artists of the 20th century.

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Image: ‘My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean’ Etching and aquatint printed in colours with collage, 1961-62