The first-ever comprehensive exhibition of David Hockney’s early prints. A collaboration with Modern British paintings dealers Hazlitt Holland Hibbert, the show included an impression of every print Hockney made between 1961 and 1964, a particularly formative time in the life of the young artist.
The show spanned part of Hockney’s time at the Royal College of Art, his first years as an independent artist in London and a period in which his printmaking was solely focused on etching. They encompass his student years, his first prints, his ambivalent response to Pop Art, his first visit to the United States, as well as the creation of his renowned A Rake’s Progress series of etchings on his return.
A fully illustrated scholarly catalogue, with an essay by the art historian, curator and leading Hockney specialist Marco Livingstone, accompanies the exhibition and is the first complete catalogue of Hockney’s early prints to be published. This exhibition coincided with David Hockney, the artist’s retrospective at Tate Britain.